The International Public Speaking Competition brings together the best young speakers from all over the world for a week of international cultural exchange and public speaking contests. Now in its 36th year, it reaches over 50,000 young people in more than 50 countries across the globe. It showcases the highest standard of public speaking from around the world, while giving delegates an opportunity to meet and engage with other young people of different backgrounds and cultures.
The competition is part of a five-day programme of events, including public speaking, debating and performance workshops and educational and cultural excursions, all culminating in a two-day public speaking competition.
Check out our video from last year's competition to give you an even better idea of what this programme is all about.
As part of the ESU’s ongoing mission to engage as many young people with oracy as possible, UK-based teachers and students are able to attend the IPSC final for free. This takes place on Friday 12th May 2017, from 1.40pm until 5.00pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact William Stileman who will be happy to reserve up to ten spaces per school, dependent on availability.
For ESU members and the general public, tickets can be booked here.
We will also be live-streaming the final, so even if you are not able to be there, you can follow this truly inspiring event. This will be available on this link on Friday 12th May 2017.
In order to take part in the International Public Speaking Competition participants must write and deliver a speech, the title and content of which are connected with the theme for that year's competition. Participants may interpret the theme in any way they wish.
The competition takes place over two days and across three stages. All participants are randomly assigned to one of six heats, those who progress from the heats are randomly assigned to one of two semi-finals and the successful winners of these go on to the grand final.
One participant per competing country is eligible to enter and participants must be students aged between 16 and 20 at the time of the competition.
In order to reach this stage of the competition, participants must be national winners of the ESU or other recognised public speaking competitions in their country. Registration for the competition is completed by national competition organisers.
Please contact your national ESU for more details of how to get involved in your country. International ESUs are listed in our directory. Where there is no national ESU, please contact us and we can give you the contact details for your local IPSC convener.
We're also looking for mentors to work at the competition! For more information and to apply click here.
ESU-recognised organisers of all national qualifying competitions to the IPSC are required to register using this accompanying registration form. ESU-recognised organisers should have already received information about the competition. If you are interested in running a feeder competition and haven’t been involved in the IPSC before please email William Stileman at email@example.com
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