JUD Talks is a competitive event that is open to all current Gordon students, featuring TED-inspired speeches designed to motivate and inspire the Gordon College community.
Contestants develop and deliver an original 8–10 minute extemporaneous speech. The best speeches connect to the values of the Gordon College community, feature excellence in content and delivery, and include the following elements:
Clear organizational structure
Presentation of a big idea
Appropriate use of emotional/logical appeals
Appropriate use of supporting materials
Connection of topic to audience
Call to action
Use of visual aids
The final round of speeches is open to the public and live-streamed on the Gordon College Facebook page. A panel of judges determines the top three winners, who receive cash prizes. The audience votes on a People’s Choice award.