2018 All-Campus Speech Contest
Friday, March 16 (use the form below)
Friday, March 23 Time: 4-6 p.m. Location: KBB 214
Final Round Date:
Friday, April 13 Time:
7-10 p.m. Location: Crescent Club - Vaughn 9th Floor
Top speakers from Qualifying Night will advance to the Final Round. Cash prizes will be
awarded for the top speakers. Participants can list this on their resumes,
whether they simply participated or won a prize. (Students also get significant
bragging rights in the UT community!)
Contest Theme: #SpeechAfterDark
Contestants are encouraged to compose speeches that speak about
the unspeakable: the taboo, unusual, obscure or perfect for an after-hours
evening event. Consider the variety of ways we view darkness, superstition and
taboo topics in our everyday and academic lives. A few quotes to get your
nocturnal and mysterious thoughts oozing:
- “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to
hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – George Lucas
- “It is
the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” – Stephen King
- “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain
- Each speaker will prepare a
5–7 minute informative or persuasive speech presentation. Speeches may be on
any topic that interests the speaker, so long as it is ethically in good taste and related to the theme #SpeechAfterDark.
- Speeches are scored
on content, organization and delivery. This
means you need a specific topic, strong thesis and clear organization
throughout, as well as a dynamic and engaging delivery.
- Speakers may choose to use
a visual aid (PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote and/or other visual enhancement
- All delivery styles are
welcome (extemporaneous, manuscript, memorized), but be aware that
extemporaneous is encouraged, and judges will be looking for eye contact and
- When preparing a speech,
the audience is one of the most important factors of your
presentation. Make sure that your material is relevant to your audience of
other UT students, faculty, staff and community members.
Come into the Center for Public
Speaking to brainstorm and rehearse anytime during business hours (Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and
Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Have fun and bring your friends. There will be information
available about the UT Center for Public Speaking, Speech and Debate Club, and
UT Entrepreneurship Club. For more information or questions, please contact
AnnMarie Coats, assistant professor of speech, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student full name:
Student ID number:
Anticipated graduation year:
Style of speech:
Title of speech:
Will you be using a visual aid?
Have you had a class in public speaking?
If so, what class?
Who was your instructor?
How did you hear about the speech contest?
Instructions: You will receive a confirmation email with the guidelines for the speech contest once you register. Be sure to read the guidelines (particularly the time limits) as you prepare. Good luck!