NEVP Circular – JCIP 2017 – 2 – 023


To:       2017 JCIP National Board / 2017 LO Presidents

From:  Office of the National Executive Vice President

Date:   September 22, 2017 (Friday)

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 as the winners of the recently concluded Area Public Speaking contests compete for the National Championship title.  In connection, please find below the rules, guidelines and criteria for judging:


  1. The Champions of the AreaCon Public Speaking Competitions shall represent their respective Areas in the National Public Speaking Competition.
  2. The contestants shall address this topic: “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world”.
  3. The Local Organization and the contestant must be in good standing with JCI and the contestant must be of JCI age.
  4. The contestants should use the English language and must be in business attire during the competition.
  5. Previous winners of JCI National, Asia Pacific and World Public Speaking competitions are not allowed to join.
  6. 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.
  7. The contestants must be registered to the 2017 JCI National Conference in order to participate. 



The winners from the JCI Area Conferences will automatically participate in the JCI National Championship.


The contestants will be judged by three (3) adjudicators/judges based on the criteria provided by the Chairman of the competition.  The winners will be determined through the ranking system.  In case of a tie, the point system will be utilized.  In case of a further tie, the chairman of the board of judges will choose the winner/s.  The chair shall deliver the verdict of the said panel to the Chairman of the Public Speaking competition and/or NatCon Director.  The decision of the judges is final and irrevocable.


There will be two (2) winners: champion and runner-up.  The champion will automatically become the JCIP’s representative to 2018 JCI Asia Pacific Public Speaking Competition.  In case the champion cannot make it to the said 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

The Chairperson will be responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the competition.


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.  Each contestant shall be introduced by his/her designated number, not by the name of his/her local chapter/ area.


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

A. Content

  1. 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?
  2. Effectiveness: What is the context and purpose of the speech?  Does the speaker accomplish the purpose? Does the speaker consider the audience and occasion?
  3. 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?

B. Delivery

  1. 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?
  2. 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?

C. Language

a.    Appropriateness: Are the words appropriate for the occasion?  Can the

message  be understood well by the audience?

b.  Correctness: Does the speaker have the facility of the English language?

Does the speaker use correct grammar, diction, pronunciation and


JAPHETH G. JINGCO (original signed)
2017 National Chairman for Public Speaking

KEN DERRICK S. NGO (original signed)
2017 National Executive Vice President
JCI Philippines

Noted By:

MARK JOSEPH N. DAVID (original signed)
2017 National Secretary General
JCI Philippines

Approved By:

HEGEM C. FURIGAY (original signed)
2017 National President
JCI Philippines