Hi everyone,

You may find below the guidelines for the Public Speaking Competition for the upcoming Area Conference from Sep 1-3, 2017.

The topic for the Metro Area Public Speaking Competition is “Beyond Self.”


Aimee Flordeliza, 2017 Area Secretary, Area 2


Public Speaking Competition 2017
Public Speaking Competition 2017
Public Speaking Competition 2017 Rules
Public Speaking Competition 2017 Rules

Date: July 3, 2017

To: Area Vice Presidents, Area Conference Directors 2017

Fr: 2017 NC for Public Speaking

Re: Public Speaking Competition – Area Conferences


Good day.


Public Speaking competition offers JCI members a unique opportunity to exercise and showcase their abilities and to share ideas on important local, national and even global issues. Public speaking is a critical skill of a leader who can motivate people toward positive change. This competition requires a special kind of public speaking and this challenges participants to express their creative ideas in a clear and captivating manner.

The aforesaid competition is one of the most anticipated events during the Area Conference as the winner of each area will become its representative for the National Competition in October. In connection, attached herewith are the rules, guidelines and criteria patterned from the JCI Asia Pacific Conference Public Speaking Competition that your Area Chair for the said event can utilize as guide and reference:



  1. The contestants shall address a given topic at the JCI Area Conferences.
  2. A Local Organization may enter only one of its members at the JCI Area


  1. The Local Organization and the contestant must be in good standing with JCI and the contestant must be of JCI age.
  2. The contestants should use the English language and must be in business attire during the competition.
  3. Previous winners of JCI Public Speaking competitions (area, national, Asia Pacific and world) are not allowed to join.
  4. The contestants shall speak for a minimum of five (5) minutes and maximum of seven (7) minutes. A contestant is disqualified if he/she speaks for less than five (5) or more than seven (7) minutes.
  5. The contestants must be registered for the Conference in order to participate.





Local Organizations may enter one contestant to the Area Conference Championships. The winners from the JCI Area Conferences will automatically participate in the JCI National Championship.


Speaking Format

The speaking format will be decided by the Chairman of the competition by drawing the names of the contestants randomly. The first name drawn will correspond to the first speaker, the second name drawn to the second speaker and so on, until all names have been exhausted. This procedure, known as the “Speakers Draw,” shall take place at a date, time and place chosen by the Chairman of the competition to be announced at the Opening Ceremony.


JCl Area Officers and AreaCon committees will be responsible for organizing the venue, judges and other procedural and logistical matters for the competition.



The contestants will be judged by three (3) adjudicators/judges based on the criteria provided by the Chairman of the competition. Deliberation among the judges must be done in case of a tie. The chair shall deliver the verdict of the said panel to the Chairman of the Public Speaking competition and/or AreaCon Director. The decision of the judges is final and irrevocable.



There will be two (2) winners: champion and runner-up. The champion will be given the privilege to participate in this year’s JCI Philippines National Public Speaking Competition. In case the champion cannot make it to the National Competition, the runner-up shall take over his/her place. The champion will be given a trophy and certificate while the runner-up and other contestants shall receive certificates.


Chairperson of the Championship

JCI Area Officers will appoint a person to Chair the proceedings of the competition. The Chairperson will be responsible for the smooth and efficient running of each competition. The Chairperson shall be responsible for the appointment and training of suitable judges. The Chairperson alone shall appoint the Chairperson of the Judging Panel. Utmost confidentiality and prudence shall be observed at all times.


Depending on the number of entries, the Chairperson of the competition may decide for the Championship to be held over a series of rounds with all contestants participating in the first round and only four contestants participating in the Final Round, which may be held at the General Assembly. The Chairperson of the competition shall have absolute discretion in deciding whether rounds will be employed.



Coaching and use of photographic flashes are not allowed during the contest proper: Cellular phones and other gadgets must be switched off or in silent mode during the speeches.


During the contest proper, the contestants must be in the holding area an hour before the competition. The contestants should be provided with wired or wireless microphone during the competition. The contestants are free to move on stage during the performance depending on the speaking styles and gestures. The contestant’s number should be worn conspicuously on his/her outfit for identification. The contestants shall be introduced by their designated numbers, not by the name of their local chapters.



Contestants shall be rated from 1 (poor) to 5 (superior) in three different categories below:


Development: Does the speech have a well established opening, body and conclusion? Is it arranged logically in such a way that the message can be understood well by the audience?

Effectiveness: What is the context and purpose of the speech? Does the speaker accomplish the purpose? Does the speaker consider the audience and occasion?

Value: Does the speaker’s message have substance? Are the ideas original and though-provoking so as to stimulate the listener’s thinking as well as stir their emotions?



Body Language and Gestures: Does the speaker have a good posture? Do gestures, eye control and body movements complement words and messages? Does the speaker establish rapport to the audience through eye contact?

Voice: Are the words clearly spoken and audible enough to be heard by the audience? Do the pitch and rate vary? Does the voice show appropriate emotions intended for the message?



Appropriateness: Are the words appropriate for the occasion? Can the message be understood well by the audience?

Correctness: Does the speaker have the facility of the English language? Does the speaker use correct grammar, diction, pronunciation and enunciation?

PDF of the Guidelines with Judge Scoring Sheet