Watch our 2018 competitors deliver talks on what university has and hasn't taught them and which foods remind them of home and which they could do without.
The UBC Sauder Public Speaking Competition is an annual invitational event for which COMM 395 Business Communications instructors nominate their most capable students from the past 12 months. Selected participants compete in a preliminary knockout round by recording and submitting speeches for the judging committee. Short-listed finalists are then invited to compete in front of an audience, delivering both prepared and impromptu presentations.
In the 2019 competition, each finalist was asked to prepare a six minute presentation on the topic What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say? They were then tasked with giving a two to three minute impromptu address in response to the question Who or what do you love and what are you doing about it? The 2019 finalists included BComs Nicole Eastman, Gaby Fekete, Mitchell Guthrie, Simran Mander, and Olivia Su.
Mitchell Guthrie took top honours and a $1,500 scholarship, followed by runner-up Simran Mander who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Think you have what it takes to be the next Public Speaking Champion? Ask your COMM 395 instructor about the next competition!