Matthew ChristmasBranch Education Officer

Top-tips and talking points for PSC

Monday 26 Nov 2018

So you’ve signed up to participate in the ESU’s Public Speaking Competition…what’s next?

So you’ve signed up to participate in the ESU’s Public Speaking Competition (PSC) and now, in the famous words of that extraordinary speaker, The West Wing’s President Bartlett: “What’s next?”

This year, to support teachers in the lead up to the competition heats running until February, we’ve compiled a series of Top Tips & Talking Points. These aim to give real-life examples to encourage discussions in schools and ensure that teachers and students alike get the most out of the oldest and largest public speaking competition in England and Wales.

We’ve covered topics such as the different participant roles, as well as looking at different models of successful speeches, how best to use notes and, how the little things really do matter.

Check out all of the Top Tips below and use them to help your teams prepare their best possible presentations. And do consider the Talking Points – we’re eager to start conversations and to hear what you think!

Hints & tips #1 - Notes

Hints & tips #2 - The Chairperson

Hints & tips #3 - The Questioner

Hints & tips #4 - Presenting

Hints & tips #5 - Chairperson role

Hints & tips #6 - The little things

We're still taking last minute registrations in some areas!

If you are still keen to register, please contact Matthew Christmas, the Lead Organiser, at who can advise you of any remaining availability.

For more information and resources, visit the website.