At today's meeting, it was decided that five impromptu topics would be posted here on the blog and that each team member would choose three to answer and email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Take no more than 15 minutes to type up each impromptu speech and remember: DO NOT REVISE. There will be only one opportunity to make a good speech during competition and we need to practice doing it right the very first time. After you think you are done, do not only email me your three responses, try reading them aloud as if you are giving the speech. This will give you a good feel for how your timing is and whether you'll need to say more in a future response.
Here are five possible questions:
1) Tell us about a nickname you have and how you got it.
2) You are an ant. Convince an anteater to not eat you.
3) Should parents censor the kind of music their teenagers listen to, the type of television shows or movies they watch, or the type of books they read?
4) How would you convince your principal to give students their birthdays off of school.
5) Is it important to know a second language? Should everyone learn a second language?
Yes, some are weirder/harder than others, but remember, there is always a chance that you will hate all three topics presented to you in the actual competition; you still have to answer one of them anyway.
You have exactly one minute to choose a topic, think a bit about your speech, and jot down a few notes on a note card the judges provide you. Once this time is up, it is time for you to give your speech.
Email me your responses to THREE of these prompts by 8:00 PM on Monday, July 21 along with some possible topics for your prepared speech (for more info on that assignment, read my previous post.)
Have Fun :)