National Speakers Competition

Presented by Enterprise

The Top Speakers Competition showcases the top speaking talent in the Fraternity. It is an opportunity for PSE members to use and develop their speaking skills. The competition recognizes outstanding student members who have mastered skills in the areas of self presentation and verbal communication by making a public speaking presentation in a competitive setting.

Each chapter may have a maximum of THREE members enter the Top Speakers Competition. All competitors must be paid registrants of the Regional Conference. Competitors can only compete at their own regional conference. Competitors must register to compete when they register for the regional conference. PSE headquarters staff will verify the intent to compete onsite at the regional conference.

• Top Speaker at each Regional Conference
• First Runner Up

First Place Award
• Permanent Trophy
• PSE National Convention Registration Packet
• The opportunity to emcee a keynote session at the PSE National Convention


Presentation Guidelines

Presentations must last between 4-6 minutes, with scores being deducted 25% for being either under or over the time limit. Competitors topic should be based on the founding principles of Enterprise Rent-A-Car found here. Remember, you can tell the audience who they are. (For example, “Good evening ladies and gentlemen of the 5th district school board, tonight we will discuss….”). There are no props or displays allowed in competition. Anyone using props (those items that are not connected to the speaker at all times will be penalized 25% of the final total score. Speakers are not required to be positioned at microphones. Speakers may move around the stage, room, etc, but at no times are allowed to TOUCH an audience member. Speakers touching audience members will be penalized 25% of the final total score. Audience interaction is highly recommended. Any speaker using foul language or displaying any unacceptable behavior (such as demonstrations containing sexual, violent, drunken, discriminatory, or harassing connotations) will be disqualified.


All participants in the Regional Conference are invited and welcome to watch the competition, including the National Awards Program Judging Committee and any sponsors in attendance. Spectators must be seated at the start of the competition, and to ensure fairness to all speakers, spectators will not be allowed to enter or exit the room during the presentations.

Speakers Competition Judging Criteria

Weighting Factor

50% Delivery, Voice & Timing
Platform Manner (Overall impression of the speaker: appears poised, but enthusiastic. Makes contact with audience.); Eye Contact (Makes ongoing eye contact with audience members in all parts of the room.); Enthusiasm (Conveys interest in and passion for subject to audience.); Confidence (Knows subject well and conveys self assurance to audience.); Gestures (Gestures appear natural and are appropriate to subject.); Voice Volume (Speaker can be heard well in all parts of the room.); Articulation (Speakers words are pronounced clearly and are easily understood.); Vocal Variety (There is variation is the pitch, loudness, and tone of the speaker’s voice. Speaking rate also varies.); Appropriate Dress (Speaker’s dress is appropriate to the subject of the talk and the occasion and doesn’t call attention to itself.)

15% Language
Understandable (The meaning of the speaker’s words were clear and unambiguous.); Interesting (The language of the talk was stimulating and thoughtprovoking and held my attention.); Appropriate (The language level and vocabulary of talk is appropriate to the subject and audience.)

35% Content
Introduction (Got my attention - Speaker used a hook that got my attention and made me want to hear the rest of the talk.); Introduction (Presented thesis - Speaker clearly identified the goal(s) and direction of the talk.); Introduction (Segued to body - Speaker made a smooth, logical transition to body of talk.); Body (Had logical/consistent flow - Talk body had obvious thread tying together its key points and/or supporting evidence.); Body (Made three or fewer points - Talk body made three or fewer key points, all of which supported talk’s original thesis); Conclusion (Tied to intro/body - Speaker summarized main points of the talk made in body.); Conclusion (Called for action - Speaker made clear what was now expected of the audience.)

Based on original by Dr. Gene Rittenhouse