Speech Events

NITOC 2015 will host 13 Speech Events grouped into four main disciplines and Impromptu Speaking as a Break-Out event.


In all interpretive events, competitors write, or select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression, without the aid of costumes or props.

Limited Preparation Speeches

Competitors get a limited time to prepare for a speech on a topic that is given to them at the speech event. Preparation before the tournament is described in the event rules.

Platform Speeches

A prepared speech, written by the competitor with the purpose of informing, exposing, or persuading on a topic.


New and unique speech events that are offered on a two year rotation meant to challenge competitors in their preparation and presentation skills. 
A Break-Out Event at NITOC means that all students who do not break (advance beyond Preliminary Rounds of competition) will be eligible to compete in Impromptu Speaking. This option allows students to continue to compete at the National Championships when they would previously have been eliminated. Impromptu will have Preliminary Rounds and Outrounds. Impromptu Speaking awards will be presented alongside the other events at the Awards Ceremony. 

All speech files are grouped together here for easier access. Files for all events may also be found on each individual event page.
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  Executive Summary of Changes for 2014-15
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IE Committee Executive Summary of Changes for Speech Events for the 2014-2015 Season  76k v. 2 Aug 30, 2014, 11:58 AM Van Schalin
  Question Generators
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A spreadsheet to randomly generate questions within each topic category for Mars Hill Impromptu.  1137k v. 2 Sep 30, 2014, 5:37 PM Van Schalin
  Orientation Slides
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  Rules
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  Student Ballots
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 Prep Room Protocols
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 Room Administration Documents
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 Tournament Submission Forms
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