California Future Business Leaders of America

Your Future Is Our Business


  • Category: Speech
    Type: Individual 

    ELIGIBILITY: FBLA members currently enrolled in grades 6-10 are eligible to compete in this event. If a student in grades 6, 7, or 8 places first, second, third, or fourth at the State Leadership Conference, he/she cannot compete at the national level per national eligibility guidelines. The participant may not have previously competed in this event or Public Speaking at the national level.
    Business speech based on FBLA‑PBL Goals. A "proof of grade level" must be sent to your Section Director prior to the Section Conference. GRADE LEVEL MUST BE HIGHLIGHTED OR CIRCLED IN RED. (exception: Middle School members)

    SECTION: Each local chapter may enter one (1) member.
    STATE: A maximum of the top two (2) places from the section competition will represent their section at the State Leadership Conference.
    NATIONAL: The top four (4) places in the state competition will represent California at the National Leadership Conference. NOTE: Some SLC top-10 finalists will become eligible for the national conference as a result of drops. Make sure you get early approval from your parents to attend the National Conference so you will be in a position to say "yes" to your adviser if you are "bumped up".

    SKILLS: This event recognizes FBLA members who are beginning to develop qualities of business leadership by developing effective speaking skills.

    Event Specific Guidelines:

    • The speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the FBLA-PBL Goals.
    • When delivering the speech, competitors may use notes prepared before the event.
    • No other reference materials such as visual aids or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the event preparation or presentation.


    • Equipment Setup: N/A
    • Performance: 4 min 
    • Warning: 3 min
    • Time Up: 4 min 
    • Penalty Over Time: 5 pts 
    • Q & A: N/A

    Judging: When the speaker is finished, the time used by the participant will be recorded, noting a deduction for five (5) points for any time under 3:31 or over 4:29. All decisions of the judges are final.

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