- 7 minutes total
Impromptu speaking is a
speech and debate event that involves a seven minute speech, with up
to three of these seven minutes available for use as preparation time
(known as prep time, or simply prep). The speaker receives a slip of
paper, which provides three choices for their speech. The topics can
be abstract or concrete nouns, people, political events or quotations.
Once they have drawn the topic, the contestant has 7 minutes to
prepare AND speak. Generally they may think for a minute or so
and then try to speak for 5 minutes, but this will vary. You
should judge them on their ability to present their ideas to you in an
interesting and organized fashion. Regardless of their limited
prep time, the speech should have a beginning, middle and end.