Impromptu is a public speaking event where students have seven minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline and deliver a speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious. It can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.
How Impromptu Speaking will take place at Cabot Classic:
Competitors will report to the assigned competition rooms.
Judge will call competitors one at a time up to draw. Competitor will choose a number 1-10. The number the competitor chooses will be that competitor's group of topics. (That group will then be marked off of the topic list and no other competitor will be able to use those topics.)
Once the competitor tells the judge which topic he/she chooses, the time begins.
The competitor has 7 minutes with a 30 second grace period to compose and deliver the speech.
(Most competitors will use 2 - 2.5 minutes for composing.)
The competitor may use a note card or paper to compose speech; however, the competitor may NOT use the note card or paper when delivering the speech.
The judge should give out verbal time signals every 30 seconds while the competitor is composing speech.
When the competitor is ready to deliver the speech, he/she walks to front of room and begins delivery.
The judge should give out non verbal time signals for the remaining time.
This process repeats itself for each individual competitor. (They do not draw at the same time.)
Remember: The competitor had 7 minutes with a 30 second grace period to compose and deliver the speech!
Sample Group of Topics:
A. Book/Movie Title Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
B. Object Bag of Popcorn
C. Quote "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
Most important thing: HAVE FUN WITH THIS!!!