Want to pit yourself against the best public speakers in Singapore? Find out where you stand as a public speaker on a national level by joining us at the National Public Speaking Competition!

Every year, the Public Speaking Academy organises the National Public Speaking Competition (separately for students at the Primary and Secondary level) to challenge our young speakers to be confident, compelling and charismatic in their speech delivery. The Public Speaking Academy has successfully organised the Competition from 2010. We believe in fostering a community for young public speakers to challenge themselves and bring their public speaking skills to the next level.

Check out our highlight reel to find out more or swing by our YouTube Channel to watch the other young and confident speakers!

What is the National Public Speaking Competition?

The National Public Speaking Competition is a competitive and challenging environment for young public speakers in Singapore (Primary or Secondary category) to pit themselves against the best at the national level. Beyond simply a contest, the National Public Speaking Competition seeks to foster a growing public speaking community, offering the students an opportunity to engage in skills-exchanges and networking opportunities from young.

The objectives of the National Public Speaking Competition are to:

  1. Encourage our young participants to explore and take up public speaking while honing their skills on a nation-wide platform
  2. Foster a growing community of young public speakers, from beginners to experienced speakers, in a conducive and interactive environment for shared learning
  3. Showcase and celebrate the varied talents of all the contestants, especially in engaging in skills-exchange within the community
  4. Challenge the young speakers to think critically, coherently and creatively through impromptu speeches

The National Public Speaking Competition remains the preferred platform by schools to invest in the effective communication potential of their students – in 2017, the National Public Speaking Competition entered the Singapore Book of Records as the largest public speaking competition in Singapore! With the valuable support of the Educational Institutions, contestants and Organizing team, the National Public Speaking Competition offers the widest platform to challenge the contestants, with each school allowed to send up to 10 representatives for the contest. This is a unique challenge and learning experience on a rare scale.

How Does it Work – Details of the National Public Speaking Competition

The National Public Speaking Competition is divided into three main areas:

  1. Registration – Each school can send a maximum of 10 contestants – schools are encouraged to conduct their internal selection for their representatives
  2. Qualifying Round – our panel of professional adjudicators will select 15 – 20 students to advance into the Grand Finals (for each category – Primary or Secondary)
  3. Grand Finals – our panel of professional adjudicators will select the Champion, 1st and 2nd Runners-Up for the Competition (for each category). The Champion will be crowned the National Champion of Public Speaking. In recognition of the intense competition to reach the Grand Finals, all participants will be awarded a trophy for their achievement of advancing into the finals.

Eligibility Requirement

The eligibility requirements for contestants for the National Public Speaking Competition are:

  1. Contestants must be within the age group of the respective contest levels:
    • Primary (7 to 12 years old)
    • Secondary (13 to 17 years old)
  1. Contestants must be registered with the organisers before the stipulated deadline for the National Public Speaking Competition (to be confirmed).
  1. Contestants must not plagiarise speeches from print media or selected website(s). Their speeches should be substantially original. Any quoted material should be stated in the speech or given prior notice to the organisers.
  1. Contestants must be of good standing (i.e. full-time student pursuing a primary education at an approved institution)

The contestants will be assessed on different aspects for both the Qualifying Round and Grand Finals:

National Public Speaking Competition Contest Component – Qualifying Rounds

National Prepared Speech Component (100%)

Objectives: to provide a platform for students to showcase their public speaking skills and allow them to learn from fellow contestants; to explore and apply their non-verbal and verbal communication competencies to persuade, inform, inspire and/or entertain the audience; to exercise discipline and focus to craft a speech and impress the professional judges within a time limit.

Speech Duration: 3 to 4 min

National Public Speaking Competition Contest Component – Grand Finals

National Prepared Speech Component (50%)

Objectives: to provide a platform for students to showcase their public speaking skills and allow them to learn from fellow contestants; to explore and apply their non-verbal and verbal communication competencies to persuade, inform, inspire and/or entertain the audience; to exercise discipline and focus to craft a speech and impress the professional judges within a time limit.

Speech Duration: 3 to 4 min

National Impromptu Speech Component (50%)

Objectives: to hone the critical thinking skills of contestants as they discuss and analyse an impromptu topic; to observe elements for effective speech and think fast on their feet for coherent delivery

Speech Duration: 1 to 2 min

TIMING SEQUENCE

There will be a timing device stationed at the contest venue on the day of the competition. For the National prepared speech component, contestants must speak for at least 3 mins and not beyond 4 mins 30 secs. If contestants do not adhere to the timing stipulated above; they will be disqualified.

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Contestants must sum up their respective speeches within 30 secs when the red light is switched on. If they fail to do so, contestants will be disqualified from the competition. There will be no buzzer or ringing devices used to signify that the contestant has exceeded the time limit.

For the National Impromptu speech component, contestants must speak for at least 1 min and not beyond 2 mins 30 secs. If contestants do not adhere to the timing stipulated above; they will be disqualified.

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Likewise, contestants must sum up their respective speeches within 30 secs when the red light is switched on. If they fail to do so, contestants will be disqualified from the competition. There will be no buzzer or ringing devices used to signify that the contestant has exceeded the time limit.

In the event contestants would like to raise a point of objection or protest during the competition, he/she may do so by raising it to the Chief Adjudicator/Tournament Director directly. The assessment of all protests will be subject to the discretion of the panel of adjudicators and their decision on the protest will be final and conclusive – no further protest may be entertained thereafter. Any protest lodged is only limited to grounds of originality and eligibility – any other grounds of protest will not be entertained unless on an exceptional basis.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES

In the spirit of the National Public Speaking Competition, contestants are to refrain from using potentially offensive language in their speeches. The themes for their speeches should avoid sensitive issues such as (but not limited to):

  • Religious issues
  • Political issues
  • Racial issues
  • Gender and sexual innuendoes
  • Offensive language

This aside, as an open-theme public speaking competition, contestants are allowed to choose any topic as part of their national prepared speech and are not limited to any particular speech genre (i.e. they are allowed to present a persuasive speech, an inspirational speech or an informative speech).

TIME AND DATE FOR THE NATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

Primary category

Level of contest Date/ time Venue
Qualifying rounds 17 October 2018; 1.30pm – 6pm

 

YMCA of Singapore

1 Orchard Road

Level 4, Function rooms 1, 2 and 3

Grand Finals 23 October 2018; 1.30pm – 6pm YMCA of Singapore

1 Orchard Road

Level 1, LKC Auditorium

 

Secondary category

Level of contest Date/ time Venue
Qualifying rounds 15 and 16 October 2018; 1.30pm – 6pm

(We will inform schools which one of the two dates should they report to for the qualifying rounds when they have registered with us successfully)

YMCA of Singapore

1 Orchard Road

Level 4, Function rooms 1, 2 and 3

Grand Finals 22 October 2018; 1.30pm – 6pm YMCA of Singapore

1 Orchard Road

Level 1, LKC Auditorium

Hall of Fame / Past Winners

We are extremely proud of our past Champions for the National Public Speaking Competition – their accomplishments as young public speakers will be recorded here in recognition of their immense achievement:

For some inspiration, feel free to swing by our YouTube channel and view the award-winning speeches from previous iterations of the National Public Speaking Competition!

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES AND CONTEST DUES

To register, please send the details below to this email (npscsingapore@hotmail.com) for entry into our Competition registry:

Name of student contestant:

Date of birth:

Name of school:

Name of parent:

Contact number of parent:

Email address of parent:

Thank you very much for your kind attention. We look forward to your enthusiastic and passionate participation.