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2024 Leader in Me Student Speech Contest Prompt


Coming Fall 2024

All students are encouraged to enter by submitting up to a five (5) minute video. Students can speak in their native language – not just English!


2024 Contest Dates:

Entries will be accepted from DATE TBA through DATE TBA.

Popular voting will take place DATE TBA.

Winner announcements TBA. 

We will be featuring winning videos on our social media channels, so be sure to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. 


Submit your speech here!

Submit your speech here!

The Judging Process

Following the DATE TBA deadline, twenty (25) regional winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. The regional winners will receive a special certificate and will be featured on the Leader in Me blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube Channel.

From the group of regional winners, five (5) grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges using these criteria:

  • Individual – ages 5-10: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
  • Individual – ages 11-15: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
  • Individual – ages 16-19: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
  • School: One (1) school grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 USD leadership grant.
  • Family: One (1) family grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 USD leadership grant.
  • Popular Vote: One (1) popular vote winner will receive a $500 USD leadership grant. This winner will be selected by votes cast by students, friends and family through the contest entry platform. Winners in the individual, school, or families categories are not eligible to win the popular vote category.

Please note that to be eligible for the popular vote contest, speeches must be centered on the prompt.  The judges have sole discretion to disqualify any popular vote contest entry that does not fulfill all requirements of the speech contest and/or the prompt. 

Judging Rubric

What is a Leadership Grant?

Consider ways that you can you make a difference.

A leadership grant will be awarded by FranklinCovey to students who are selected as winners in this year’s student speech contest. The purpose of a leadership grant is to inspire and enable you to be life-ready leaders by using the grant to make a difference within your circle of influence. As you work to develop a speech, you should consider what you would do with the leadership grant if awarded the prize. The decision is up to you, 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 to a charitable contribution.
• Organize a service project in the community.
• Purchase personal school supplies.
• Help a class member or family in need.
• Contribute to a college/university fund.

2023 Winners

Check out other student speech contest winners and finalists selected from 2016-2023.

2022 Winners and Finalists

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Traditional Speech

A traditional speech is delivered in a format we’re familiar with. When we think of traditional public speaking events, we imagine a podium a stage, or another venue a simple, professional background.

Here are a few tips for delivering a great traditional speech:

✓ Present to an audience (optional).

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Creative Speech

Creative speeches are an 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.

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Tips for a great video

✓ Ensure lighting and audio quality.
✓ Use natural hand gestures.
✓ Be confident.
✓ Use voice inflection.
✓ Deliver memorized.
✓ Speak slowly and clearly.
✓ Avoid verbal pauses.
✓ Be creative, but deliver a strong message.
✓ Use simple video editing effects.

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Supporting 20 Languages

The judging process is 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


✓ عربى


✓ English




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

Step 1: Prepare a Great Message

• Be sure to answer the prompt fully and and address all the questions included.
• Seek permission and/or credit the source of any third-party content referenced during the speech.

Step 2: Determine Your Entry Category


• This entry video is led and reported on by an individual Leader in Me student, but the student can have help and support from their family or school
• There are three (3) individual entry categories: ages 5-10, ages 11-15, and ages 16-19.


• School-wide led – this entry video can be led and reported on by a classroom, a small team of students, or even an entire school


• Family led – this entry video is led by members of a family unit and  must show how all participating members of the family were involved.

Step 3: How to Present your Results

• Think of creative ways to make the speech/project memorable, engaging, and unique.
• Maintain consistent eye contact, use appropriate gestures, and speak clearly with expression.
• Consider visuals, such as slides, posters, a unique background, or objects, that might strengthen your message.
• Memorize your 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, like traffic, lawnmowers, or other people.)
• Submissions must be in standard video formats, such as: MOV (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), or WMV (.wmv).
• The video must not include third-party intellectual property or copyright-protected content such as unlicensed music, logos on shirts, or branded products visible in background.

Step 4: Submit Your Entry by March 10, 2023 here.

  1. Videos can be submitted with a Youtube URL from your own personal channel.
  2. Complete the official entry form on the speech contest submission website.
  3. Print and upload a signed release form from a parent or guardian for each student appearing in the video.
  4. Teachers – if you are submitting entries on behalf of your students, the entry must be in the student’s name, not yours.
  5. Enter the speech via Youtube link or upload speech in an acceptable video format.
  6. Entry indicates participants and parents or guardians agree to give FranklinCovey ownership of video content.

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Contest Resources

Judging Rubric: 2023 Rubric

Parent Consent Form English | Spanish | Portuguese | Chinese

Editable Flyer Template (PPT) English

For questions or more information, please contact us at [email protected].

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