In the Impromptu Speaking category, the speaker will present an off-the-cuff speech about a common knowledge topic to be selected immediately before speaking. The student will be given two minutes to gather his or her thoughts and to jot down notes if desired. Topics may be given in the form of a word, phrase, statement, or question. The focus will be on the speaker’s ability to think on his/her feet. Sources need not be cited, as topics are within the experience or knowledge of the speaker.
A speech in this category may be informative, persuasive, or entertaining. (e.g. If the topic is puppies, a student might give an informative speech about the care of puppies, a persuasive speech about the need for neutering, or an entertaining speech about his own experiences with puppies.) (Time: 2-4 minutes, 2 minutes talking, no grace period.)