This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate qualities of business leadership by presenting a well-organized, logical, and substantial speech.

The five-minute (5) speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the nine (9) FBLA-PBL goals.


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 national guidelines:



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 national guidelines:


• 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.

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


• 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.  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.

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



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.



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



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.