BC Talks: 4th Annual College-wide Speech Contest

So You Think You Can Speak: An Impromptu Showdown

About the Event

BC Talks' So You Think You Can Speak: An Impromptu Showdown is the 4th annual college-wide speech contest. Impromptu speaking, also known as "thinking on your feet" or "speaking off-the-cuff," is the delivery of a speech without much or any time to prepare. To do well, a contestant must discuss the topic appropriately, develop an organized speech, as well as deliver the speech with confidence and within a specific time limit. Contestants will be challenged on three different levels as contestants are eliminated at each level based on the audience's votes. Therefore, the contestants will compete for votes from the viewers. The three contestants with the highest votes after the third level will be selected as the first, second, and third place winners of the speech contest.

Objectives

Event Details

Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in the BC Talks Speech Contest, you must meet the following criteria:

Contest Details

Mode of Delivery

Impromptu Speaking: Delivery of a speech without much or any time to prepare

Time Length

The speech should be one to three minutes

Time to Prepare

Each contestant will have 20 seconds to gather their thoughts before they begin speaking

Speaker's Attire

The speaker should dress in business casual attire

Visual Aid

No visual aid will be allowed during the speech contest

Contest Levels

Contestants will be challenged on three different levels as contestants are eliminated at each level by the votes of the viewers. Therefore, contestants will compete for votes from the audience.

Level 1: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

In Level 1, each contestant will be shown a different picture. From the picture, each contestant must draw a moral from the picture and present an impromptu speech about the moral of the image.
Example: 

Level 2: It's Storytime Level 3: Speak Your Mind on Social Injustice

Contest Rules

  1. Prior to or on the day of the event, contestants will be given a number, in which the host will randomly select a number from a bag. The number will indicate the contestant identification number throughout the contest, as well as the order that the contestant will compete at each level.
    1. In order to compete, a contestant must have submitted a completed contest entry form (by March 19, 2021) to participate in the contest and met the eligibility requirements.
    2. Any registered contestants arriving after Level 1 of the contest begins will not be allowed to participate in the contest.
    3. There will be no new contestants accepted on the day of the event.
  2. During each level, each contestant will have 1 to 3 minutes to present an impromptu speech with 20 seconds to gather his or her thoughts.
    1. Each contestant must turn on the camera and microphone while the host addresses the contestant and before he or she speaks.
    2. Each contestant must stand to deliver the speech. Contestants should be visible from the waist up.
    3. Each contestant should refrain from using profanity, offensive, and inappropriate language.
    4. A contestant may not ask for a new speech topic. The contestant must deliver an impromptu based on the topic selected by the host.
      1. If the contestant refused to deliver a speech on the topic, the contestant will be disqualified.
    5. Failure to start speaking after 20 seconds of preparation may disqualify the contestant.
      1. The host will provide a 5-second verbal count down. If the contestant fails to begin the speech, the contestant will be disqualified.
    6. If a contestant experience connection issues which prevent him or her from delivering the impromptu speech and is unable to connect before the Level is completed, the contestant will be disqualified.
      1. If the contestant is able to reconnect before the Level is completed, the contestant will be able to deliver his or her impromptu speech after the last contestant presents.
      2. If the contestant is cut-off during his or her delivery of the impromptu speech due to connection issues and regains connection before the Level is completed, the contestant may re-do the Level with a new speech topic. There will only be one re-do due to connection issues.
        1. If the contestant regains connection before the Level is completed, the contestant will be asked by the host to select if he or she would like to do the following: (1) re-do the speech topic or (2) keep the original cut-off speech.
          1. The contestant cannot change his or her mind after the decision is made.
        2. If the contestant cannot regain connection before the Level is completed, the audience will be advised to vote based on the original or latest speech delivered.
  3. At the end of each level, using a poll, the audience will vote on a specific number of contestants that they would like to see advance to the next level after Level 1 & 2; however, the audience will vote on the best contestant (only one contestant) after Level 3.
    1. The audience will be recommended to vote based on the following criteria:
      1. Content: Was the speech interesting?
      2. Organization: Was the speech organized and focused on the topic?
      3. Delivery: Did the speaker present the speech in an engaging, natural, and sincere manner?
      4. Confidence: Was the speaker confident?
      5. Time Requirement: Did the speaker meet the time frame of one to three minutes?
    2. The number of contestants that will advance to Level 2 & 3 will be determined by the BC Talks Committee Members on the day of the event based on the number of contestants that show up by the contest start time (no later than 2 p.m.).
    3. In the case of a tie, the BC Talks Committee Members will make the final decision. Decisions by the committee are final.
    4. After the audience vote, the voting results will be shared with the audience.

Contest Procedures

Before the Contest

Timing of the Speeches

Speech Time Limits & Grace Period

Tie-Breaking Judges

The members of the BC Talks Committee will act as tie-breaking judges.

Protests and Disqualifications

Contest Preparation

On Zoom

Before the contest begins, each contestant should do the following:

Tips

While delivering your impromptu speech, each contestant should do the following: