Public Speaking: Impromptu (15-18 Years)

You’ll speak on an exciting general interest topic which will be given to you by the festival organisers 10 minutes before you speak. This is the perfect category for everyone who likes debating or thinking on your feet.

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    Timing in the 15-18 Years category

    You’ll speak for 4 minutes on a topic given to you 10 minutes before you start speaking.

    What we reward 

    • Content which explores ideas that are relevant to the topic in an interesting way
    • Language choices which engage the audience and add power to the speech
    • Facial expressions and body language which support the successful communication of the words
    • A well-thought out structure with a clear beginning, middle and end.
    You’ll be asked before you receive your topic to state that you will not receive any help during your preparation period from other people or from computers (including AI or chatbots).

    Enter as an individual

    Individuals can enter Impromptu (15-18 Years) in one of the events below. A session given as 0800 UTC / 0900 BST starts at 0800 Coordinated Universal Time (formerly known as ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) and 0900 British Summer Time.

    • Events with a red border take place in the afternoon/evening in Asia and Australasia, and in the morning in Europe and Africa
    • Events with a blue border take place in the afternoon/evening in Europe and Africa, and in the morning or early afternoon in the Americas
    • If you’re confused about timings and time zones, you can read more about festival scheduling.

    Sunday 12 May at 1600 UTC / 1700 BST

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    Impromptu (15-18 Years) – Sun 12 May 2024 (1600UTC / 1700BST)
    Part of an event for Public Speaking and News across all age groups. Participants in the 15-18 Years category are asked to pay particular awareness to our guidelines about trigger warnings for more mature content. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    22 available

    Wednesday 15 May at 0900 UTC / 1000 BST

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    Impromptu (15-18 Years) – Weds 15 May 2024 (0900UTC / 1000BST)
    Part of an event for Public Speaking and News across all age groups. Participants in the 15-18 Years category are asked to pay particular awareness to our guidelines about trigger warnings for more mature content. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    22 available

    Saturday 18 May at 0930 UTC / 1030 BST

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    Impromptu (15-18 Years) – Sat 18 May 2024 (0930UTC / 1030BST)
    Part of our ‘Impromptu’ event for 12-14 Years and 15-18 Years age groups. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    14 available

    Sunday 19 May at 0800 UTC / 0900 BST

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    Impromptu (15-18 Years) – Sun 19 May 2024 (0800UTC / 0900BST)
    Part of our ‘Impromptu’ event for our 12-14 Years and 15-18 Years age groups. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    £ 15.00
    18 available

    You will be asked to provide more information about the entrant (name, date of birth, any special educational needs or disabilities) before you check out.

    Once you’ve entered, you can start getting ready for your session. You can use our handy tips to prepare for the Festival. Or why not book one of our 1-to-1 or small group practice sessions?

    Enter a group

    Schools and clubs are encouraged to email entries@oratoryfestival.com or to fill in our online form to book a group session where each entry costs £10 (£5 less than our individual rate), with a minimum cost per session of £100. For institutions wanting to make over 20 entries, we can work with you to arrange an additional discount.

    In previous years, we’ve had everything from a small club of 6 students, to institutions with over 150 entries, maximising participation in oratory from across their school. This year, if you like, we can also try to pair you with another group from a different country.

    In any one session, you can enter both different age groups and any mix of categories across either Poetry/Prose/Acting or Public Speaking/News. Sessions longer than an hour can be broken up so each student doesn’t have to be on the Zoom call for too long.

    Age ranges and rules

    • All entries are subject to our friendly and encouraging rules.
    • Entrants must be within the age bands on the first day of the festival. For example, to qualify as “15-18 Years Old”, you must have your 15th birthday on or before 9 May 2024, and your 19th birthday must be after 9 May 2024.

    Book an online coaching session

    Would you like to book a Zoom coaching session for some extra help preparing for the Festival? One of our fun and engaging expert coaches will help you practise for your category in 1-on-1 Zoom sessions, or with up to three of your friends. You’ll build your skills, and gain confidence for your Festival performance.

    • Coaching costs £25 per 30 minute session, or
    • £25 per session £20 per 30 minute session: Get £5 off every half hour coaching session if you purchase them at the same time as entering any of our Oratory Festival categories! (Discounts will be applied at the checkout, you can book as many coaching sessions as you like).
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    30-minute coaching session on Zoom
    A 30-minute session on Zoom, with one of our expert and engaging coaches. For you and up to 3 friends. You can provide details about what you’d like to work on before you check out, and also tell us some times (before 8 May 2024) when you’d like to schedule the sessions. We’ll then get in touch with you by email to arrange exact dates and times.
    £ 25.00
    Unlimited

    Any questions?

    If you’ve any questions about entering this category, or anything else to do with the International Oratory Festival, you can contact us at entries@oratoryfestival.com, or by using the form below.

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