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Impromptu is the simplest of all the limited-prep events. Students are given a certain amount of time to prepare a timed speech. Competitors choose from a list of themed topics of which to prepare for and deliver their speeches. Monument Members’ weekly download provides a sample round of unique questions, all pertaining to a certain theme, that may be used to practice. Hyperlinks are provided in case the member needs to research the topics more thoroughly, but internet access is not allowed in real competition. Members should allocate time during the week to scrimmage the simulated round. By real tournament time, you will be prepared to compete.
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Most speech and debate organizations offer impromptu as a category for speech. Even if they don’t, impromptu is an excellent training activity for any speaker. The following are active impromptu debate organizations:
- NCFCA Impromptu gives students 2 minutes to prepare a 5-minute speech.
- NFA Impromptu gives a limit of 7 minutes, with speeches lasting at least 5 minutes.
- NSDA Impromptu is a consolation event where student “have seven minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline the speech, and finally, deliver the speech.”
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