IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

 

This event recognizes FBLA members who develop qualities of business leadership by combining quick and clear thinking with conversational speaking.

 

Each participant will be given the same topic related to the FBLA-PBL goals, FBLA-PBL activities, FBLA-PBL current national programs, current events, and/or relevant business topics.

 

ELIGIBILITY
 

Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by December 15 of the current school year.

 

District:        Number of participants governed by local FBLA District policy.

 

State:           Each district may be represented by participant(s) based on the Florida FBLA scaled quota system found in the Fact Finder.

 

National:     See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

REGULATIONS
 

District:        Each district determines its own procedures for event registration.

 

State:           When it has been determined that a student will represent the district at state competition, the student's local adviser must send the appropriate entry form to the state adviser by first-class mail.  The entry form and the required receipt deadline are included in the SLC registration packet.

 

National:     See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

• Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the FBLA district and state chapters and the national association.

 

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

 

• Participants failing to report on time may be disqualified. 

 

• Participants must furnish their own pens/pencils.

 

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.

 

• The speech should be four (4) minutes in length.  Contestants will be penalized for going under 3:31 or over 4:29 minutes.

 

• A lectern may be available.  No microphone will be used.
 
 

• Two (2) 4" x 6" index cards will be given to each participant and may be used during the preparation and performance.  Information may be written on both sides of the one note card.  Participants must furnish their own pens or pencils.  Note cards will be collected following the presentation.

 

• No other reference materials, visual aids, electronic devices, or other items are to be brought to or used during the preparation or presentation.

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND

• Participants will be divided into preliminary groups.

 

• Participants must report to the sequestering room by the time specified in the State Leadership Conference program.  Participants will be sequestered until their preparation times.  The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.  Participants who do not report to sequestering prior to the beginning of the first speech will be disqualified.

 

• Participants will have ten minutes to prepare their speeches prior to appearing before the judges.  All participants will address the same topic in their speeches.

 

• Any notes made during the preparation time may be used when speaking.  Information may be written on both sides of the card. The note cards will be collected at the conclusion of the speech.

 

• At the time of the performance, the event administrator will introduce each participant by name only.  Each speech should be four (4) minutes in length.  A timekeeper will stand at three (3) minutes and again at four (4) minutes.  When the speaker is finished, the time used by the participant will be recorded, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any time under 3:31 or over 4:29 minutes

 

• All performances are open to conference attendees except performing participants of this event.
 

FINAL ROUND

 

All procedures as outlined in the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.  Participants' speeches will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  All judges’ decisions are final.

 

AWARDS
 

District:        The number of awards presented at the District Leadership Conference is determined by local FBLA District policy.

 

State:           State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

 

National:     The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.