Eastern Illinois University Logo
Communication Studies |

Public Speaking Competition


About the Program

Apply Now

Why Choose EIU

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


Study Abroad

Current Students

Department Activities

Faculty & Staff


2015 Balasi Persuasive Speaking Competition

Present your persuasive speech from 1310/1390 for your chance to win $500!

Preliminary Round: Monday April 27, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (contestants arrive at 5:30, check in at Coleman 1210)

Final Round: Tuesday April 28, 6:00 - 8:00 (contestants arrive at 5:45, check in at Lumpkin Hall Auditorium)

Where: 1210 Coleman (on 4/27) and Lumpkin Hall Auditorium (on 4/28)

Who: Any student enrolled in CMN 1310/1390 this semester

Why: Prizes! $500 for 1st Place, $300 for 2nd Place, $100 for 3rd Place

All contestants will compete in the break-out preliminary rounds on Monday 4/27 in Coleman Hall (check in at Coleman 1210 at 5:30). The top ranked speakers will advance to the final round on Tuesday 4/28 (check in at Lumpkin Auditorium at 5:45).


Click here to register online

Rules & Considerations:

1. The speech must be a 7-9 minute persuasive speech 
2. The competition is open to students who are enrolled in CMN 1310/1390 this semester. 
3. The speech must be the original work of the contestant. 
4. You may use notecards or a manuscript to deliver your speech. 
5. Extemporaneous delivery is expected (do not read your speech).
6. You may use visual aids, bring them on a flash drive and/or email to yourself. 
7. All speeches will be evaluated using the same “Speech Rating Scale.” Click here to see the evaluation sheet.
8. Students who participate must be available on both evenings of the competition. Arrival time is 5:30 on 4/27 (check in Coleman 1210) and those who advance to the final round will need to arrive at 5:45 on 4/28 (check in Lumpkin Auditorium). 

For more information contact Dr. Rich Jones rgjones@eiu.edu, 581-3324, Coleman 1751.