2019 Talent Show – Public Speaking Rules

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Three levels of competition in Public speaking.

  • Juniors  – Elementary School students (Grades 1 to 5)
  • Intermediates – Middle School students (Grades 6,7,8)
  • Seniors – High School students (Grades 9 and above)

Category Rules:


  • Juniors can prepare their speech based on the topics given below. The length of the speech should be 1 minute only.

Topics for Juniors

  • Being a kid is great because…
  • My school is the best because…
  • My favorite season of the year is…
  • What would it be like if dinosaurs roamed the Earth?
  • If I was the President of the U.S….
  • My dream vacation
  • The happiest day of my life

Extemporaneous Speech for Intermediates and Seniors

  • Impromptu topics will be given 30mins before the contest begins at the venue for both the Preliminaries and Finals .
  • This means that the topics will not be announced ahead of time.
  • Contestants will have 30 minutes of preparation time before the contest begins.


  • The Preliminaries take place at the regional level and is the first of the two distinct segments of the competition, Preliminaries and Finals.
  • Please refer the competition page for the list of regional level Preliminaries.
  • Top three contestants per category from each region will go to the Finals


  • The Finals takes place on the Holiday celebration stage, and is the second of the two distinct segments of the competition, Preliminaries and Finals
  • Top three contestants from each region will compete in the Finals
  • There will be one winner per category after all the contests are complete

Time Limits

  • Juniors – 1 minute
  • Intermediate – 2 minutes
  • Seniors – 3 minutes

General Rules

  • Visuals aids, including phone, posters, are not permitted
  • Only Juniors may use a complete script during the speech, but should not read the speech.
  • Intermediate and senior contestants may use note cards or letter-size paper for their keyword outline. (Pencils and note cards/letter size paper will not be provided. Contestants should bring their note cards/papers/pencils)
  • Extemporaneous speakers will be shown time cards at correctly timed intervals indicating ‘‘1 MINUTE’’, ‘‘30 SECONDS’’, and ‘‘STOP’’.
  • Podium use is optional, but judges may deduct points for excessive movement or hand gestures that distract. It is the delivery of the spoken word that is evaluated.
  • Judges decision are final