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When and where is the final contest this year?
2019 Canada International Youth Public Speaking Contest will be held at the Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Center, UBC on November 9, 2019.
Where can I buy tickets to attend the final contest?
Sorry! Tickets to the final contest are still being prepped. We will update this info in October!
What are the awards and prizes the contestants will get?
There are 6 awards offered in each age group.
Top 3 Speakers of each group are ranked and marked by judges. First, second, and the third prize winner will receive respectively 300, 200, & 100 CAD as their contest scholarship.
People’s Choice Award: By totalling online polls of Doodle and WeChat, the contest committee will award the speaker with most votes in each group with the People’s Choice Award.
Viewers’ Choice Award: Audience at the final contest of 2018 Canada International Youth Public Speaking Contest can vote for their favourite speakers on site. The student contestant with most votes in each group will win the Viewers’ Choice Award.
Future Influencer Award: Judges will fill out a ballot on the most impressive/touching/influential speech to decide which speaker wins this award.
*It is possible for one speaker to receive more than one award.
How do you assure contestants’ quality for the final contest?
We require mandatory training hours for student contestants, and within the training hours, we make sure students reflect on their main message, rehearse their speech. It’s also a great opportunity for students getting to know each other, to inspire and be inspired.
Is the contest in English, or can the speech be in other languages?
The contest will be in English.
Although you might have seen promotional content in Mandarin, Cantonese, English, or French, all students will prepare and deliver their speech in English.
How do I register?
You can register online here.
Can I register and pay in person?
For contestants in other cities, you can pay online via PayPal.
Do I have to take training sessions for semi-final?
Our training sessions for semi-final are not mandatory, but we suggest students who want to be better prepared to take 3-5 lessons. These sessions are taught in semi-private class sizes (no more than 6 students), and therefore are effective and student-centric.
How long should my speech be?
Your speech at the Semi-Final and Final contests should be 5-7 minutes.