This event recognizes PBL members who demonstrate qualities of business leadership by presenting a well-organized, logical, and substantiated speech.  The five-minute (5) speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine FBLA-PBL goals.


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

State:            Each charter may enter one participant.

National:     See national guidelines:



State:            When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser received by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

National:     See national guidelines:

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

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd 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.

• Each participant's speech must be the result of his/her own efforts and originality.  Documented facts and quotes may be secured from any source.  The speeches must be prepared by 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.

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

• When delivering the speech, the participant may use notes or note cards.  No visual aids may be used.


• 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 and will announce the title of his/her speech.

• Each speech should be five (5) minutes in length.  A timekeeper will stand at four (4) minutes and again at five (5) minutes.  When the speaker is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used by the participant noting any deduction of five points for each speech under 4:31 or over 5:29.



Finalists will be assigned times at random for their final performance.  All other procedures as outlined in the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.

In the event that fewer than 15 participants register for this event, the final round may be eliminated.


Participants' speeches will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  All decisions of the judges are final.



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.