Speech Competition

Students are presented with prompts related to societal, political, historic or popular culture and prepare a three to five-minute speech responding to the prompt. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest. The speech is delivered from memory and no notes are allowed. The videos for winners will be posted internationally worldwide. All participates who have been eligible will be aware certificates, participation certificates and winners prizes.

Why hold a speech contest?

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

Who is eligible to participate?

Any student throughout the world (ages 14 to 21) all students are 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!

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.

Students are to submit a video of their speech on an engaging leadership topic they care about. Student should be featured on the video (no parents or teachers).  Students are encouraged to speak on topics given 2 weeks prior to the event date. Here are some ideas for potential leadership topics that may come up so please prepare:

• 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.

Rules and Guidelines

Topics will only be issued online 2 weeks prior to end date
Guidelines 1. Speech Video may be submitted by anyone from 12 up to 21 years old in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages 11 up to 14)  b) Youth (ages 15 – 21)
2. Speech Video must be min 3 min and max 5 min in English. Speech Video must be saved as MOV (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), or WMV (.wmv). Files format.
3. Full Register Online. Speech Video must be upload in Google Drive and shared with IBE to download in MOV (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), or WMV (.wmv).Format.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
* Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of Speech Video or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
4. Entries must be submitted by email or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your Speech Video online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
5. Speech Video must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
6. Speech Video must be by one person. Co-authored Speech Video are not accepted. Verification prior to entry are done through Skype with our staff, face to face.
7. Copyright of the Speech Video entered will be assigned to the organizer.
Deadline Entries must be received by on each event deadline.
Awards All candidates that have been accepted to enroll in the Speech Video competition after verification of identity and passing the preliminary essay enrollments will receive the following:

  • Participation Certificate
    • Verifiable by certificate number
  • First to Third place awards
    • Prizes will be announced per event
  • All winning Speech Video will be upload into mass media

All Speech Video are graded and reviewed by professors in local and international Universities. The review process takes 2-4 weeks as the Speech Video are reviewed by not only 1 university but by several universities to eliminate any bias option.

To register please visit out registration for dates and events.

1. Prepare a Speech Video.

• Identify an inspiring topic that will resonate with the audience.
• focus on the application of principles.
• Only one student can deliver the content (as long as there are signed release and parent permission forms for in the video).
• Avoid  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 due date on Registration.

• 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 IBE ownership of video content.