This annual event takes place the first Saturday of May and provides students with the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills in a way that far exceeds what can be accomplished in a classroom setting. To prepare for this event, students participate in an Honors course where they are engaged in developing, revising and rehearsing an original 5-7 minute motivational speech. The contest allows for students to test their preparation and developed skills in front of an audience in a theatre setting.
A number of judges are called upon to judge this event. This group represents college faculty, staff and administrators; students; community representatives; outside College/University representatives; and members of the communication and leadership organization, Toastmasters International. In addition to scoring participants in a number of categories outlined below, each judge is asked to provide specific feedback to students outlining areas of strength and opportunities for improvements. Criteria include:
This 1 credit course is a requirement for those competing in the MCC Annual Otis Young Motivational Speak-off. Students meet beginning mid-March to develop the content, organization and delivery of their contest speech. Although students will be competing, this class is a collaborative effort where each student helps the others develop the best speech and delivery possible. In the end, everyone is a "winner" of the contest since each speech is made up of suggestions and support from each student in the class.