Speech events

Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants are given three topics in current events, choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare an original speech. Time limit for the speech is 7 minutes. Limited notes are permitted. 

Impromptu Speaking: An impromptu speech, substantive in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section. Topics are derived from quotations. Speakers have a total of 7 minutes for preparation and speaking. Limited notes are permitted.

After Dinner Speaking: An original, humorous speech, designed to exhibit sound speech composition, coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a nightclub act, impersonation, or comic dialogue. Audiovisual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Minimal notes are permitted. Time limit is 10 minutes.

Communication Analysis: An original speech designed to offer an explanation and/or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles. Audiovisual aids may be used. Manuscripts are permitted. Time limit is 10 minutes.

Informative Speaking: An original, factual speech on a realistic subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Audiovisual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Persuasive Speaking: An original speech designed to inspire, reinforce, or change the beliefs, attitudes, values, or actions of the audience. Audiovisual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Time limit is 10 minutes.

Drama Interpretation: A cutting that represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit. The focus of this event is on the development of characterization. Material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Use of manuscript is required. Time limit is 10 minutes, including introduction.

Dramatic Duo: A cutting from one or more texts of literary merit, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. The material may be drawn from any genre of literature. This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc., are to be used. Presentation is from the manuscript, and the focus should be off-stage and not to each other. Time limit is 10 minutes, including introduction.

Poetry Interpretation: A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of language. Play cuttings and prose works are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time is 10 minutes, including introduction.

Program Oral Interpretation: A program of thematically linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose/poetry/drama). A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme through the use of narrative/story, language, and/or characterization. A substantial portion of the time must be devoted to each of the genres used. Different genre means the material must appear in separate pieces of literature (For example, a poem included in a short story that appears only in that short story does not constitute a poetry genre.) Only one selection may be original. Use of manuscript is required. Time limit is 10 minutes, including introduction.

Prose Interpretation: An original or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. Focus of this event is on the development of the narrative/story. Play cuttings and poetry are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time is 10 minutes, including introduction.