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Win a $1,000 USD
Leadership Grant

Sharpen your public speaking skills and share your leadership with the world.

All K-12 students attending a Leader in Me School are encouraged to participate in the largest and most inspiring student speech contest in the world for a chance to win a $1,000 USD Leadership Grant!
Contest entries are due by: March 31, 2019 @ 5 p.m. MST.

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Are you ready to submit your video? Don't forget to review all rules and guidelines below. Good luck!

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Introducing the 4th Annual International Leader in Me Student Speech Contest

The Student Speech Contest is for students K–12 attending a Leader in Me School.

This year’s prompt: Imagine you are giving an inspiring speech to your graduating class. What would your speech be?

All students are encouraged to enter by submitting up to a five minute (5) video by March 31, 2019. Students (with the help of their parents or school) can create a traditional or creative video addressing a leadership topic that matters the most to them. This year, students can speak in their native language – not just English!



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Now Supporting 17 Languages

The judging process is now open to students who not only speak English, but who prefer to speak in their own native language (limited below)!


✓ 普通话

(Mandarin Simplified)

✓ čeština


✓ latviešu


✓ русский


✓ Deutsche


✓ Español


✓ Монгол хэл


✓ bahasa Indonesia


✓ ភាសាខ្មែរ


✓ Português


✓ Română


✓ Nederlands


✓ français


✓ Español Europeo

(European Spanish)

✓ ไทย


✓ မြန်မာ


✓ اردو


✓ English


What is a Leadership Grant?

Consider ways that you can you make a difference.

The purpose of a leadership grant is to inspire and enable students to be life-ready leaders and use the grant to make a difference within their circle of influence. A leadership grant will be awarded by FranklinCovey to students who are selected as winners in this year’s student speech contest. As participants work to develop a speech, they should consider what they would do with the leadership 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.

What Type of Speech Will You Give?

Think of creative ways to make the speech memorable, engaging, and unique. And don’t forget to have your speech memorized!

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Traditional Speech

A traditional speech is delivered in a format we are accustomed to. When we think of public speaking, we think of a podium, a stage, or some other variety with a non distracting 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.
✓ Be confident.
✓ Use voice inflection.
✓ Deliver memorized.
✓ Speak slowly and clearly.
✓ Avoid verbal pauses.

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Creative Speech

Creative speeches give people the opportunity to explore different ways of delivering powerful speeches on video while still addressing the audience with a clear and concise message.

Here are a few tips for presenting your creative speech:

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

(Be sure to incorporate tips from the traditional speech section!)

The Judging Process

Winners will be announced on April 29, 2019.

Three (3) grand prize winners will be selected by a panel at FranklinCovey Education using a judging rubric with three criteria: 1) message 2) tone and 3) quality of video (environment). Three (3) secondary winners will be selected via popular vote! Students and friends and family of students are encouraged to share videos on social media to raise awareness of the entry. Votes are limited to once per person for the duration of the contest and will be registered to an email address.

Friendly Reminder: Be sure we can clearly see you and hear you in the video!

Winners will be selected in the following groups:

• Ages 5-10: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
• Ages 11-15: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
• Ages 16-19: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
• Popular Vote: Three (3) popular vote winners will receive a $500 USD leadership grant.

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

Rules and Guidelines

The following rules and guidelines will help parents or guardians support participating students in producing a great video.


Who is eligible to participate?

Any student throughout the world (ages 5 to 19) that attends a licensed Leader in Me School is eligible to participate. Parents (or guardians) are encouraged to assist, but the student must do the majority of the work!

Step 1: Prepare a Great Message

• Identify an inspiring leadership topic that will not only resonate with the audience but also is a topic you are passionate about.
• Don’t recite the 7 Habits, focus on the topic of your speech and its purpose (to persuade, to entertain, to inform).
• The content can be delivered by one or more students (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.


Step 2: Deliver a Great Speech

• Think of creative ways to make the speech memorable, 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.


Step 3: Produce a Quality Video

The video should be no longer than five (5) minutes in length.
• Make sure you film in a quiet location (no major background noise I.E. traffic, lawnmowers, other people, etc.)
• 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.).

Step 4: Submit Your Entry

  • NEW- Videos can be submitted with a Youtube URL this year from your own personal channel.
  • Complete the official entry form
  • Print and upload a signed release form from a parent or guardian for each student appearing in the video.
  • NEW- Submit a .doc or .txt (or similar) file of your speech
  • Teachers- If you are submitting entries on behalf of your students, the entry must be in the student’s name, not yours. 
  • Enter via Youtube or upload speech in an acceptable format
  • Entry indicates participants and parents or guardians agree to give FranklinCovey ownership of video content.

What is Leader in Me?

Leader in Me (LiM) is an evidence-based, comprehensive school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

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