The Speak Mandarin Campaign “My Story” Public Speaking Competition was first launched in 2017, as an oratorical competition targeted at local students and teenagers between 13 and 18 years of age, with the objective to provide them with a platform to share their own inspiring stories. The competition also aims to hone the oratorical and presentation skills of these participants, as well as to build their confidence in expressing themselves in Mandarin.
This year, the competition also added a new Open Category to provide young adults, between 19 and 35 years of age, with the opportunity to share their stories by way of online video entries.
A total of 12 shortlisted finalists (Student Category) vied for the top three Winner positions on stage at the Grand Finals, held on 31 July 2018 at Our Tampines Hub, Festive Arts Theatre.
Auditions took place on Saturday, 7 July 2018. Participants shared their own stories based on the theme "My Story".
The Grand Finals was held on Sunday 29 July 2018, and comprised of 2 parts.
12 finalists compete to be shortlisted. They would each present a 90 second speech based on the topic “My Story”.
6 shortlisted finalists would each present a 90 second speech based on the topic “My Favourite”. Thereafter, there was an improvisation segment where they were provided a topic on the spot. They were each given 60 seconds for the impromptu speech.
The audience had a chance to vote for their favourite contestant.
For more information on the Competition, please visit www.noontalk.com/mystory2018/