National Finals - Impromptu Speaking
The Impromptu Speaking Bee Finals will be held for the Senior level ONLY:
- PS3 (Senior Impromptu Speaking Bee): Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
- A 1st rank winner at the National Finals of the North South Foundation Impromptu Speaking contest is not eligible for competing in this and future Impromptu Speaking contests conducted by the Foundation.
- The Impromptu Speaking Bee is held in two phases, each of which follow contest procedure within each room. In Phase I, the qualifying round, there will be 3 rooms of contestants, each with their own set of judges. The top 3 contestants from each room based on the judges’ rankings in Phase I will then advance to Phase II, the final round from which the top 3 ranks will be announced. The rankings from Phase I do not affect the judges’ rankings in Phase II for the contestants that have advanced.
- All of the contestants must have a good laptop with camera, audio and mic. All contestants will be joining the main zoom session to start with. They will be moved into the corresponding break rooms by the zoom coordinator. A chief judge, two associate judges, timer and zoom administrator will be present in addition to the contestants in each breakroom. The chief judge will read out the rules and other housekeeping information. Badge numbers will determine the order of the speakers.
- After the rules are read, all the contestants will be moved back to the main zoom room. Contestants will be allowed back into the corresponding breakroom as per the badge order. Contestant upon entry, must read the badge number and say name.
- Chief Judge will ask each contestant, as they enter, whether they can see the timer, and hear the judge. Judges will make sure they can see the contestants, hear them loud and clear. Contestants need to make sure they can see the timer and that the judges can hear you loud and clear. No recording is allowed.
- Chief judge will read the impromptu topic and repeats one more time. Contestants can ask the judge to repeat the topic only one more time. Contestants must start within 1 minute. (timer will display a running clock).
- Contestants need to give 1-2 minutes impromptu speaking on the given topic. The timer in the zoom session will help with timing controls:
In addition to all the general contest rules stated by North South Foundation, the following rules are applicable for Impromptu Speaking Competition.
- Start to 1 minute – NorthSouth logo on White background
- 1 min to 1min 30 sec – Green background
- 1 min 30 sec to 2 min – Yellow background
- After 2 min – Red background
Winners and Ranks:
- If two are tied for the 1st place, skip rank 2 and announce rank 3 for the third contestant.
- If two or more are tied for the 2nd place, skip rank 3.
- If three or more are tied for the 1st place, skip ranks 2 and 3.
Senior: After having gone through of pandemic almost a year, what three words would you use to describe the last three months of your life?
- National Student Speakers Association (NSSA): Resources
Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and healthy. It shows you care about doing well. But, too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here's how you can control your nervousness and make effective, memorable presentations:
- Know the room. Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
- Know the audience. Greet some of the audience as they arrive. It's easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
- Know your material. If you're not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
- Relax. Ease tension by doing exercises.
- Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured. When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful.
- Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining. They don't want you to fail.
- Don't apologize. If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience's attention to something they hadn't noticed. Keep silent.
- Concentrate on the message -- not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.
- Turn nervousness into positive energy. Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm
- Gain experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need.
If you'd like to learn more about joining Toastmasters, please visit: http://www.toastmasters.org
Public Speaking, started in 2006, is a pilot contest and is one of the growing lists of contests offered by NSF. This contest is offered with a view to help and educate our children on how to prepare and present a speech before their peers or to a group of people. We all face situations on a regular basis at work, school, and local meetings to deliver speeches to groups of individuals, coworkers and others on topics we have been involved with. At times, people feel stressed out during the preparation and in anticipation of giving a speech.
NSF contests are developed with a view that as our children start preparing for these at an early age, they can become successful communicators and deliver better speeches and become successful. Since public speaking is an art, one can develop the skills for better speaking with determination and hard work.
The speeches will be scored by a qualified panel of NSF Public Speaking judges (three judge will score each speech). Depending on the number of contestants, winners will be identified based on NSF Public Speaking judging rules. The decisions by the judges shall be final and shall not be subject to any further appeal.
Results will be announced at the same time after all the contestants finish their speeches. All regional and national contest results shall be posted on the NSF website.
- To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for public speaking
- To make public speaking an enjoyable task not a chore
- To better prepare for excelling in public speaking
- To develop important skills in delivering a better and powerful speeches
- To develop creativity and ingenuity in situations where one needs to deliver speeches at a short notice
- To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
- To be hardworking, persevering, and determined to meet any challenges
- To meet other students of Indian origin and develop friendship
Online registration via NSF homepage is generally available, starting early January. You can also refer to the NSF Contest Calendar or ask your Regional Coordinator about registration deadlines and contest dates.
Currently, the national finals will be held only for the senior level. In the future, they may be held for all levels.