Castle Classic NIETOC Bid at Greeley Central
2021 — NSDA Campus & Zoom, CO/US
Informative Speaking (Asynchronous)
TOURNAMENT WEBSITE FOR HELP & INFORMATION for judges, coaches, & competitors: https://castleclassic.weebly.com
Informative Speaking Rules:
A. The competitor presents a memorized informative speech composed by him/herself. A student may not use the same speech or topic in Informative Speaking and Original Oratory.
B. An informative speech is an original speech designed to explain, define, describe, or illustrate a particular subject. The general purpose of the speech is for the audience to gain understanding and/or knowledge of a topic. Any other purpose such as to entertain or to convince shall be secondary.
C. The use of visual aids is optional. Visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. During the presentation, no electronic equipment is permitted. Electronic equipment is anything that plugs in or runs on battery or solar power. The use of live animals or any additional people as visual aids is not allowed during the speech. Items of dress put on and removed during the course of the presentation are considered costumes and may not be part of the contestant’s presentation. Expedient set up and take down of aids is expected. If a visual aid displays published pictorial material, the source must be included in the work-cited page but does not need to be cited orally.
D. A speaker holding a manuscript or notes will be ranked last.
E. Effective speeches provide new information or perspectives on a topic, including those that are widely known. The responsibility for choosing a worthwhile topic rests with the contestant.
F. The speaker must be truthful. A fabricated topic may not be used. Any non-factual reference, including a personal reference, must be so identified.
G. There is no minimum time but the speaker may not exceed 10 minutes. After a 30-second grace period and an audible STOP, the judge will rank the speaker last, provided all timing rules were followed and time signals were given.