Over the past couple of weeks, SI Clubs around Ireland have been hosting the local heats of the 2023 Soroptimist National Public Speaking Competition. The Soroptimist Ireland Girls’ Public Speaking Competition has been running for over 40 years and is a three-stage event with local, and regional competitions leading to a national final. A selection of topics is circulated to schools and each competitor can choose. A 6-minute speech is presented at the competition on the topic of choice and adjudicated by a panel of 3 judges. Impromptu competitions are held at the regional and national finals.

The competition encourages girls to develop the skills to speak effectively and articulately with clarity and conviction. This enables them to improve their self-confidence and personality which in turn will enhance their career opportunities.