Voice of Youth Resources

These resources are provided as advice for the Voice of Youth contestants.

RVoY Policy Documents

Policy and other documents for Rostrum Voice of Youth

A Short Guide to Short Notice Speaking

Three Minutes!? Three whole minutes?? How can I speak for a full 3 minutes on a short notice topic?
“What can I say? “. “How can I find something worthwhile in such a short time?”. “How do I start, or finish, or fill in the middle bit?”

If these questions have bothered you as a student, or your students if you are a teacher, this guide should help.

It outlines in a straight forward manner a few approaches that can get a short notice speech off the ground, land it again, and take the audience to a destination of the speaker’s choice all within 3 minutes. The biggest worry will now become “do I only have three short minutes?”.

The Short Guide to Short Notice Speaking provides an uncomplicated approach to finding something to say in a way that is not rocket science.



Adjudication Sheet Rostrum Voice of Youth

Standard adjudication sheet used by the Rostrum Voice of Youth adjudicators.



Background Advice to Participants

This background advice was prepared for South Australian competitors to assist contestants and teachers to know what is looked for in a speech. The document was written in response to a student actual query.



How to Prepare

These notes are guidelines only. The guidelines discuss how you should approach the competition. They were prepared by the 2012 National Coordinator, Mrs Jenny Fraser to help you to get started.



Notes on Speaking – Ralph&Bourke

These NOTES ON SPEAKING by FREEMAN STAN RALPH with additions by Speaker Pat Bourke were prepared for Rostrum Voice of Youth competitors and were updated in March 2012.



Planning Advice for Rostrum Voice of Youth Participants

This document contains advice on planning, writing and delivering a speech. It is a more detailed version of the Brief Tips document.



RVOY Honour Roll 1975 onwards

This is a complete record of all zone and national winners of the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition since 1975. The zone and national coordinators are listed also

(Note to site administrators: the Excel spreadsheet from which this document is derived is on the Rostrum website and is accessible via DocMan).

Tips for Participants

Prepared in 2012, these brief tips may give you some ideas for your preparation and delivery.