- Each speaker gets 5 minutes to deliver a prepared speech with a 15-second grace period, after which time penalties will occur.
- Each prepared speech should last a minimum of 4 minutes. Shorter speeches will be disqualified.
- Topics should be in good taste and entertaining.
- Speakers will draw lots to determine the speaking order.
- Each speaker should email a short bio at least one week prior to the event. This will be published on the website and used on the night as an introduction.
- Each speaker gets 3 minutes to deliver an impromptu speech with a 10-second grace period, after which time penalties will occur.
- Each impromptu speech should last a minimum of 2 minutes. Shorter speeches will be disqualified.
- Each speaker will pick a topic from the hat on which to speak. These topics will have been supplied by the audience.
- Each speaker has the right to one refusal and may draw again.
- Five judges will be picked at random from the audience.
- Judges will be instructed to take the audience reaction into account when scoring.
- Judges can score from 0 to 10.
- The highest and the lowest scores will be discounted so each speaker can score a maximum of 30 points per speech.
- Time penalties will be deducted from this final score. 1pt for every 5 seconds over the grace period.
- The maximum score for the evening per speaker is 60 points.
- The winner from each night will go forward to compete in the final.
- In the event that a finalist is not available in March, the runner-up from the same competition will be offered a place in the final. If they are unable to attend, third-place winner will be offered a place.
- Speakers should be at the venue no later than 7pm on the night to do a sound test.
- Doors close at 7.45pm, by which time judges will have been chosen and the competition will start.