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Students participating in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Leadership Development Event showcase their agricultural knowledge and ability to think on their feet by giving a speech and answering questions with limited prep time.


During this event, participants draw from 12 - 18 agricultural topics and then select three of interest. From those three, a student selects the topic of their speech and has 30 minutes to prepare using five resources. Participants then present a four to six-minute speech on their topic to a panel of judges. After their speech, students answer five minutes worth of questions on the topic they just presented.


This event challenges students to practice their presentation skills, articulation, logical thinking, and advocate for agriculture and agricultural education. 

Expectations at Convention for Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Official Dress is required.

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled speaking time.

  • Ask before leaving the event.

  • Check in and make sure your name is called prior to competing

What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • Up to five resource items with originally formatted references - each item can be a notebook or folder of collected materials containing no more than 100 single-sided pages (50 double-sided)

  • Students may use their smart watch or a regular watch for a timer. 

What can students NOT BRING for themselves? 
  • More than five resource items

  • Notecards/Index Cards- They will be provided

  • Notes or speeches prepared by the participant or another person\

  • A laptop

What will get an individual disqualified? 
  • Disruptive behavior

  • Accessing prewritten speeches virtually or having unallowable resources

What will be provided by the event?
  • A place to prepare for the competition

  • Access to the internet for 10 minutes

  • Uniform notecards

  • Laptop



For your specific questions contact:


Natasha Mortenson

Minnesota FFA LDE Coordinator

146 Ruttan Hall   

1984 Buford Ave.    

St Paul, MN 55108



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