National Speakers Competition

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 public 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. This competition is offered at Regionals and National Convention.

National Convention Format

Topic

The Stories that Made Us

Everyone and everything has a story.

Whether it is the history of our fraternity or the individual lives of each member, we are all here because of the stories that made us.

This can be your own story, a story of your role model, or even someone from the past that inspires you.

Your speech is to give your audience a call to action through the use of storytelling. Leaving the room with a compelling and memorable mission long after you leave.

Preliminary Round Details:

  • Competition room will have 3 judges
  • Competitor can have 1 guest in room to videotape on a phone if you want, no one else is allowed in the room
  • Immediately following your speech, judges will give feedback

Final Round Details:

  • Top 3 from each room will be named finalists (announced at 11:45am before lunch starts)
  • Final round begins at 2:00 for opening remarks
  • First finalists goes on stage at 2:30pm
  • Final round open to all attendees to watch

Eligibility

Competitors must register for the competition when they register for the regional conference or National Convention.

Regionals: A Chapter may have a total of 3 members enter the Speakers Competition.

National Convention: There is no cap on competitors. Everyone is welcome that is not competing in the Pro-Am Sell-a-Thon!

Recognition

Regional First Place Award
• Permanent Trophy
• PSE National Convention Registration Packet
• Opportunity to emcee a session at the PSE National Convention


Convention First Place Award
• Permanent Trophy
• $500 prize

Convention Second Place Award
• Permanent Trophy

Presentation Guidelines

Regionals: Regional speaker presentations will be impromptu. At the conference, competitors will receive a notification with their name tag detailing when and where to pick up their topic and their presentation time.

Convention: Convention speaker presentations will be given their speech topic ahead of time. This will allow the participants to prepare in advance for their speech.

Time Limit: Presentations for both Regionals and Nationals must last between 3-5 minutes, with scores being deducted 20% for being either under or over the time limit.

Audience: All participants are invited and welcome to watch the competition. Spectators must be seated at the start of the competition, and will not be allowed to enter or exit the room during the presentations.

Remember, no props or displays allowed in competition. Anyone using props (other than a note card or tablet) will be deducted 25% of the final total score. Speakers may move around the stage, room, etc., but at no times are allowed to TOUCH an audience member or will be penalized 25% of the final total score. Any speaker using foul language or displaying any unacceptable behavior (such as demonstrations containing sexual, violent, drunken, discriminatory, or harassing connotations) will be disqualified.


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