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Public Speaking Scholar Contest


Win the Public Speaking Scholar Award and $100!

Rate Speeches has established the Public Speaking Scholar Contest to foster passion for public speaking.  The contest is open to all visitors of the Rate Speeches website and involves rating and evaluating YouTube videos of public speakers and speeches, from the Rate Speeches website.  The winner will receive a $100 prize and the honorary Public Speaking Scholar Award.

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Prizes

First Place $100 and honorary Public Speaking Scholar Award
Second Place
$50
Third Place $20

Schedule

The Public Speaking Scholar Contest starts on June 10, 2011, and ends on August 31, 2011.  Results are announced on September 5, 2011.  You can join the contest anytime until August 31.

Contest Activities and Point System

The contest is based on a point system.  You can earn points in multiple ways by adding and rating public speakers, by adding and rating speeches, and by evaluating speeches, all through the Rate Speeches website.  The point system is as follows:

Add and rate a speech by a speaker already in the database 8 points
Add and rate a speaker, and add and rate a speech by the speaker 12 points
Evaluate a speech 10-40 points


First place prize is awarded based on cumulative points.  The participant with the highest points wins.  A minimum of 500 points is required to be eligible.

Second place prize is awarded based on a draw.  A minimum of 250 points is required to be included in the second place draw.  The draw system is based on points, with each point giving you a draw point.  First place winner is not included in this draw.

Third place prize is also awarded based on a draw.  A minimum of 100 points is required to be included in the third place draw.  The draw system is based on points, with each point giving you a draw point.  First and second place winners are not included in this draw.

Checking Your Points

You can check your points from the Rate Speeches website at any time.

Contest Instructions and Rules

To participate, you must first register to create a Rate Speeches account, and login so that you can add, rate, and evaluate, and so that Rate Speeches can keep track of your earned points.  You can register to create an account and also login from the Rate Speeches home page, www.RateSpeeches.com.  Please note that the website's standard Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply. Prizes are shipped to US addresses only but not overseas addresses.

Adding and Rating a Speech by a Speaker in the Database

To add and rate a speech by a speaker who is already in the Rate Speeches database, first search for the speaker from the Find Speech page.  You can then add and rate the speech.  To earn points for adding and rating a speech, you must fill in valid information in the speech title, description, subject category, year, and YouTube link.  No points are earned if any of these fields is blank.  The speech addition and rating must be posted and successful.  The validity of the information may be checked by Rate Speeches to ensure fairness and accuracy.  You must have watched the speech video in order to provide a valid rating of the speech.

Adding and Rating a Speaker, and Adding and Rating a Speech by the Speaker

To add and rate a speaker and add and rate a speech by the speaker, go to the add and rate public speaker page, or search for the speaker from the Rate Speeches home page, www.RateSpeeches.com, then add and rate the speaker.  From the speaker addition page, select the "Also add a speech by the speaker" checkbox so that you can add a speech by the speaker.  Once the speaker addition and rating are complete, you can then add and rate the speech.  If you forget to select the "Also add a speech by the speaker" checkbox, you can later search for the speaker, then add and rate the speech.  To earn points, you must fill in valid information in the speaker's name, speaker description, speech title, speech description, speech subject category, speech year, and speech YouTube link.  No points are earned if any of these fields is blank.  The speaker addition and rating must be posted and successful, and the speech addition and rating must also be posted and successful.  The validity of the information may be checked by Rate Speeches to ensure fairness and accuracy.

Evaluating a Speech

To evaluate a speech, you must generate a speech evaluation using the Speech Evaluator.  Evaluating a speech using the Speech Evaluator involves watching the speech video and adding comments related to the content or delivery of the speech.  You can watch the Speech Evaluator videos to learn how to use the Speech Evaluator to evaluate speeches.  You can evaluate any speech in the Rate Speeches database, evaluate a new speech by a speaker in the Rate Speeches database, or evaluate a new speech by a new speaker.  You earn 1 point for each comment you add in the evaluation, with a minimum of 10 comments (which earn you 10 points) and a maximum of 40 points.  The evaluation must have at least 10 comments, otherwise no points are earned.  The speaker, speech, and evaluation must be marked "public" (i.e., not "private") so that it can be seen by visitors of the website.

Verification and Inspection

To ensure fairness, the speakers, speeches, ratings, and evaluations added by the winners are checked and verified manually.  Signs of cheating will automatically disqualify the participant.


Thank you and good luck!

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<td style="width: 100px;"> First Place <td/>

<td> $100 and honorary Public Speaking Scholar Award <td/>

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<td> Second Place <td/>

<td> $50 <td/>

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<td> Third Place <td/>

<td> $20 <td/>

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