Humorous Speech – 5 to 7 minutes
A substantially original humorous speech (i.e. quoted material must be identified during the presentation). The speech must be a thematic in nature (opening, body, and close) and not be an act or a monologue. It should be “clean” humor; avoid objectionable language, anecdotes, and material. Vocal variety, gestures, and speech content all play a part in a successful humorous speech.
Evaluation – 2 to 3 minutes
The Evaluation Contest features a target speaker that gives a speech which all the evaluation contestants are to evaluate. The contestants are taken from the room and given five minutes to prepare their speeches/evaluations and make notes. Then, their notes are taken away and they are brought back into the room one by one (at which time the contestant gets his/her notes back) to deliver their oral evaluation of the target speech. Since no contestant hears what another said about the target speech, the judges can compare the analytical abilities of the contestants.
Eligibility – To be eligible to compete in either speech contest you must be a club member in good standing (i.e. dues paid).
Sound interesting? See your friendly club officers for more information about how to get involved with your local club competition!