INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING 
 

(Open only to members in grades 9-10 who have affiliated high school division.)

 

This event recognizes FBLA members who are beginning to develop qualities of business leadership by developing effective speaking skills.

 

The content of the four-minute speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine FBLA-PBL goals.

 

ELIGIBILITY
 

Only members enrolled in grades 9 through 10 and affiliated high school division are eligible for this event.

 

Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by December 15.

 

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 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, of a business nature, and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals.

 

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

 

• Each participant’s speech must be the result of his/her own efforts.  Facts and working data may be secured from any source.  The speeches must be prepared by the student members, not advisers.  Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the speeches are well-organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in a business style.

 

• When delivering the speech, the participant may use notes prepared before the event.  No reference materials, visual aids, electronic devices, or other items are to be brought to or used during the event.

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND

• Participants will be divided into preliminary groups.  The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.

 

• 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.  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.

 

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

 

FINAL ROUND
 

The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.

 

All other procedures as outlined in the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.

 

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 SLC.

 

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