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360 Bridge _ Austin TX

Get to know the speech events offered at NCFCA Tournaments


Platform Speaking


Limited Preparation

Platform speaking includes events that allow you to write a 10 minute speech on the topic of your choice. The platform speaking events for this year are:

Persuasive Speaking: A speech intended to persuade judges of your position on any issue that you choose.  You can watch the 2016 Persuasive Champion here.


Informative Speaking: An opportunity to make an event, an idea, or anything you wish known to others.  You can see Thomas Stewart, 2017 Informative Champion, give his speech here.


Digital Presentation: A speech on any topic, but you must use an electronic presentation such as a PowerPoint to display pictures, words, videos, and other media to illustrate your points.  Enjoy a recording of the 2020 Digital Champion.

Limited Preparation

Limited Preparation speeches give you the chance to think on the fly!  In these events, you won't know your topic until you go into your round!

Impromptu Speaking: A 5 minute speech, with 2 minutes of preparation time, on a random topic that is given to you.  Topics may include words or concepts (such as "love," "miracle," "impatient," or "winsome"), quotes, or idioms and sayings (such as "bundle of joy" or "pretty is as pretty does").  See how it works by watching the 2018 Impromptu Champion.


Apologetics: A 6 minute speech, with 4 minutes of preparation time, that analyzes a part of the Christian faith.  A list of all the apologetics topics is available on the NCFCA website here.  You may prepare cards beforehand with verses or points that will illustrate your response to the topic.  You can watch the 2019 Apologetics Champion here.

Extemporaneous: A 7 minute speech, with 20 minutes of preparation, on current news happenings.


Interpretations, or interps for short, are your chance to act out a book, short-story, or even your own writing for up to 10 minutes!

Biblical Presentation: A mix between acting and speaking on scriptural texts.  In this event, you can use props.

Open Interpretation: An acting piece done on a selection from a book or short story of your choosing.

Duo Interpretation: Just like Open, but in a Duo, you act scenes out with a partner.
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