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.
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!
✓ Монгол хэл
✓ bahasa Indonesia
✓ Español Europeo
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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!
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.).
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.