2017 International Student Speech Contest

Author: Carissa Logan
January 11, 2017


The 2017 Leader in Me International Student Speech Contest is open for students K–12 attending a Leader in Me School. All students are encouraged to enter  the speech contest by submitting a two-minute video before March 31, 2017. Students (with help from their parents or school) can create a video of a traditional or a creative speech on an engaging leadership topic. A panel of judges will be limited to reviewing English speaking videos only.

Speech Contest videos can either be in traditional or creative format.

Traditional Speech

A traditional speech is delivered in a format we are accustomed to, when we think of public speaking. Whether behind a podium, on stage, or with a nondistracting background, here are a few tips for delivering a great traditional speech:

• Present in front of a live audience.
• Ensure lighting and audio quality.
• Use natural hand gestures.
• Deliver memorized.

Creative Speech

A creative speech gives students an opportunity to explore a variety of ways to create a powerful message on video. The video could be about an inspiring message, a self-written song, a service project, an interview, or even a skit that relates to leadership. Here are a few tips for delivering a great creative speech:

• Collect signed permission forms from anyone on video.
• Avoid copyrighted music, logos, or content.
• Be creative with a strong message.
• Ensure lighting and audio quality.
• Use simple video editing effects.

The 2017 Leader in Me International Student Speech Contest

Students are challenged to submit a video of their speech on an engaging leadership topic they care about. One or more students should be featured on the video (no parents or teachers). Rather than recite the 7 Habits®, students are encouraged to speak on great examples or principles of leadership. Here are some ideas for potential leadership topics:

• One idea that could change the world.
• How I can lead those around me.
• Why everyone can be a leader.
• What leadership means to me.
• A leader who has inspired me.
• A problem I want to solve.

Win a $500 Leadership Grant!

How can you make a difference? A leadership grant will be awarded to eight students to help demonstrate leadership in action at home, at school, or in the community. Participants should first consider what they would do with the grant (if they won) and submit their plans for its use during the entry-form process. The decision is up to the student, but here are a few suggestions to make a difference as a leader:

• Identify and fix a problem that exists at school.
• Donate the money as a charitable contribution.
• Organize a service project in the community.
• Purchase personal school supplies.
• Help a class member in need.
• Contribute to a college fund.

Why hold a speech contest?

Speaking in public is a great leadership skill. Leader in Me Schools everywhere develop their students with opportunities to speak at Leadership Days, Symposia, assemblies, and in the classroom. FranklinCovey encourages all Leader in Me students to continue improving this skill set with this contest.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any student throughout the world (ages 5 to 18) who attends a licensed Leader in Me School is eligible to participate in this year’s speech contest. Parents (or guardians) are encouraged to assist, but the student must do the majority of the work!

Submit your speech contest video by clicking here!

View the finalists and grand prize winners of the 2016 Leader in Me Student Speech Contest on our YouTube Channel!

Rules and Guidelines

The following rules and guidelines will help parents (or guardians) support participating students, to produce a great video that the viewer can see and hear clearly:

1. Prepare a great message.

• Identify an inspiring leadership topic that will resonate with the audience.
• Don’t just recite the 7 Habits, focus on the application of principles.
• One or more students can deliver the content (as long as there are signed release and parent permission forms for ALL individuals in the video).
• Avoid sensitive topics that could be perceived as disrespectful, threatening, exclusive or offensive toward any person, group, or organization (e.g. political, religious, etc.).
• Seek permission and/or mention the source of any third-party content referenced during the speech.

2. Deliver a great speech.

• Think of creative ways to make the presentation memorable, impactful, engaging, and unique.
• Maintain great eye contact, use appropriate gestures, and speak clearly with expression.
• Consider visuals (slides, posters, background, objects) that might strengthen the message.
• Memorize the speech.
• Deliver the speech in English.

3. Produce a quality video.

• The video should be about two minutes or less in length.
• Make a great video with a reliable camera, clear audio, and quality video (we must be able to see and hear you clearly)!
• Standard video formats include: MOV (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), or WMV (.wmv).
• The video must be absent of third-party intellectual property or copyright-protected content (logos on shirts, brands visible in background etc.).

4. Submit the entry by March 31, 2017.

• Complete the official entry form.
• Print and upload signed release / parent permission forms for ALL individuals in the video.
• Prepare and upload the video speech in an acceptable format.
• Note: Participants and parents (or guardians) agree to give FranklinCovey ownership of video content.

Contest Judging

We will announce eight grand prize winners on May 1, 2017. The winners will be selected by a panel at FranklinCovey Education using a judging rubric with two criteria: 1) message and 2) presentation. (Be sure we can see and hear you clearly in the video!) Winners will be selected in the following age groups:

• Ages 5 to 7: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.
• Ages 8 to 10: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.
• Ages 11 to 14: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.
• Ages 15 to 18: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.

Submit your speech contest video!

NOTE: All grand prize winners and finalists will be featured on The Leader in Me Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Channel!

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