Verve provides coaching and support for a variety of speech events including:
Impromptu: Students are assigned a random topic (quotation, word, concept), given two minutes of prep time, then present a five minute speech.
Extemporaneous: Students have 30 minutes of prep time to use their club’s current events research followed by a 7 minute speech on a news topic.
Apologetics: Similar to Extemporaneous, the student has 4 minutes to prepare for a 6 minute speech regarding core issues of their faith.
Original Oratory: Students work to refine a single speech throughout the year on a topic of their choice. The speech must be memorized and presented in an engaging manner.
Persuasive: Speaking mirrors Original Oratory, but with a focus on persuading the audience. Expository: Students present an original platform speech which informs or explains a particular topic with the use of visual aids.
Dramatic Interpretationand Humorous Interpretation: These speeches interpret works of fiction into theatrical performances. Duo Interpretation: Same as Dramatic or Humorous, but being performed by two students in tandem. Open Interpretation: The student may interpret a wide variety of written work including original work, unpublished work by others, or traditional published literature.