“Public Speaking Competition” is something that we need in many situations and is essential across countless different disciplines and professions. From teachers to politicians, broadcasters to lecturers, salesmen to lawyers and religious figures, being able to communicate publicly to a classroom, court, conference or crowd is a cherished ability. At some point most of us will have to give a speech in public, whether at a public ceremony, special family or community occasion, in a class for a business presentation or a job interview. By entering our Public Speaking Competition you will get the chance to develop this skill with the guidance of public speaking experts, training seminars and writing support.
This is the 9th year that ESU Albania have organised this competition and we are proud to include more applicants and activities every year. We will hold regional heats in different parts of Albania, a national final will take place in Tirana and the overall winner will represent Albania in an international final. Check out our previous winners here.
2017 Public Speaking Competition topic is “To define is to limit”
- Speeches have to be in English.
- Each speech should be as close to 5 minutes as possible.
- All pupils/students aged 12 to 20 years old, divided into two age groups 12-15 and 16-20 may enter
- Develop English writing and speaking skills
- Learn how to brainstorm and write creatively
- Receive training in public speaking skills, vital for many professions.
- Participate in a prestigious national competition
- Winner of the national competition will represent Albania in international competition.
- Meet like-minded peers and have fun!
To enter and find out details of our 2017 competition, download our membership form and fill it in.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the staff in the ESU office. Send us your queries!
Public Speaking Competition can be daunting. Standing up in front of a room of people and speaking calmly with passion and clarity is no simple task, it takes practice and courage. But it also takes a little magic. This month ESU are taking a look at some of the great speakers and their speeches, we’re going to explore what makes a great speech and gather some tips for this year’s Public Speaking Competition applicants…
Use simple language
Emma Watson – HeForShe Campaign 2014
It can be tempting to use your moment in the spotlight to show off your fantastic vocabulary skills to dazzle the audience, but please resist the urge! The point of public speaking is to be understood by your listeners not to confuse and alienate them by using elaborate language. The British actress Emma Watson wowed audiences with her speech for gender equality at the launch of the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign. She manages to use simple language to address gender equality issues. She wants to attract support for her cause by being easily understood. Remember when speaking in public if you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it!
Have a clear message
Martin Luther King “I have a dream” 1963
What do you want to say? It is vitally important when you are giving a speech that you know exactly what you are going to say. Before you write your speech ask yourself what you are discussing and why you are discussing it. This will help you create a structured speech that has a clear aim. Speeches that jump from point to point are incoherent, distracting and difficult for listeners to follow. When planning a speech make sure it t has a beginning, middle and an end, be as creative as you like but make sure that the message you want to convey is understood. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is a powerful example of how to be colourful and passionate while ensuring that the message is never lost.
Make it personal
Michelle Obama speech supporting Hilary Clinton 2016
This is a wonderfully heartfelt and emotional display from the First Lady of the United States. The language that she uses is simple, the images she conjures you can relate to and the message she wants to convey is crystal clear. Mrs Obama is purposely emphasising her own experiences, her experience of being a woman and a mother. By making her speech personal she manages to strike a chord with people, people empathise with what she is saying. This speech is a true master class in making the political personal.
If you are feeling inspired by these incredible oratory performances why not give public speaking a chance yourself? ESU’s annual public speaking competition is accepting applicants. Get in touch with us now, so you can participate in this prestigious competition!