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Make a speech for the ESU Festival of Speaking!

Amber

Year 4 pupil

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Take part

Public speaking can be many things. It could be a formal speech or spoken verse about an issue that really matters to you, or it could be a poem, by you or another author, that you you’d like to read. Whatever, is is, we’d love to hear from you. Simply film yourself in action and post it on social media – not forgetting the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking. For inspiration, take a look at the videos and resources below.

Also take a look at the festival resources for debating and performing.

I want to hear what is important to young people today

Meg Hillier

Member of Parliament

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Miranda Powell: 'Stand and Deliver'

Robert Buckland, Lord Chancellor

Sam Kusi: 'A gift to our youth'



Speaking Resources

Simon Lancaster, Speechwriter

Top tips from Alisa, IPSC competitor

Katja van Koten: 'Train your brain'

Inspiration and entries

Amir

Watch Amir's speech from one of our junior speaking events

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Aleha

Aleha represented Pakistan at the International Public Speaking Competition. This powerful speech was prepared and rehearsed in just 15 minutes for an improptu heat.

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Jyothi

Jyothi recorded her speech "Nature is a common language" from home under lockdown.

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Charlie: 'Sticks and Stones - Homophobia'

Listen to Louis' thoughts on 'Uncomfortable conversations'

Alisa Topchiy: Public Speaking changed my life

If you can speak in this country, you can do anything.

Sir Winston Churchill

Chairman of the English-Speaking Union 1921-1925

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