Impromptu Speaking

Impromptu Speaking is an event that — like extemporaneous speaking — forces a contestant to think on their feet and practice quick-fire argumentation. Usually, students are asked to respond to famous quotations or anecdotes. Differing rules govern this event, and it is not offered at most tournaments CSA attends; however, generally the event is structured one of two ways.

In the first, students read the quotation and then have 7 minutes to both create and perform a speech. With this style of impromptu, students should try to prep their speech in under 2 minutes and speak for about 4.5 minutes.

In the second, students are given 1 minute of preparation and 5 minutes of speaking time.

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