Speech Contest Rules

The Speech Length

3-5 minutes on one of the two topics designated by the Autobahn Youth Tour for the contest. A 5 point deduction for every 15 seconds over 5 minutes or under 3 minutes. Speech will be stopped after going 1 minute over the 5 minute maximum time limits.


10 points possible Appearance (neat and appropriate).

15 points possible Voice (clear, fluent, voice control, pronunciation, articulation, projection), Poise and Posture and Eye Contact.

25 points possible Subject Matter- Originality; Speaker’s Understanding of Subject Matter; Suitability of Topic; Information presented (accurate, up-to-date, complete).

50 points possible Presentation- Introduction (short, complete, interesting); Organization of Material; Delivery (smooth, appropriate speed, voice variation); Conclusion (adequate and effective); General Effect of Presentation; Interest to Audience; If visual aids are used ( Proper use and well managed).

Autobahn Youth Tour discourages the use of visual aids. Equipment necessary for their use will not be supplied by the Autobahn Youth Tour. All such equipment must be supplied by the exhibitor.

Contestants need to have command of the material in their speech. Reading the speech verbatim from written notes will be judged accordingly.

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