Fleurs d’Éloquence: public speaking contest

Last-minute preparations are underway for the finals of Sorbonne University’s fifth public-speaking contest, Fleurs d’Éloquence. On the evening of May 10, 2016, the four winners of a long competitive process will be crowned at the National Library of France (BNF).

For this fifth contest, first established in 2012, 11 training sessions lasting 2, 2.5 and 3 hours are being held. They cover topics including speech diversity and complexity (from Mark Antony to de Gaulle, Desproges and Guillon); an introduction to lobbying; speaking in public (the body in space); and problematization and learning content quickly.

Open to all students of Sorbonne University institutions, Fleurs d’Éloquence draws students from such diverse disciplines as the arts, languages and literature, the humanities, and the pure sciences. The contest helps teach students how to speak in public, defend a position, and persuade an audience, all of which are essential skills regardless of their chosen profession or career path.

The training sessions focused heavily on practicing eloquence, putting students at ease with the first and second rounds of the contest on April 2 and 14, 2016. After these initial rounds, four winners were selected by the jury to participate in the finals on May 10 at the National Library of France (BNF).


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Visit the Fleurs d’Éloquence website

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> 2014 contest

 > 2013 contest

 > 2012 contest

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