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Title: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
Post by: Scorpiana X on June 05, 2013, 05:01:34 PM
Hi folks,
Does anyone know where I can find the official opening speech that starts every slam. We are training a new host for our slam and I cannot find it anywhere. Even if it's not an exact word for word, I just need to write up a thing for him to say explaining everything from what slam is, rules, judges responsibility, etc. I don't want anything important left out.

Is there anywhere on here that it is posted? I tried searching the internet but got junk. If anyone has a link or a copy or anything it would be greatly appreciated. I recently took over as slammaster, we are about to b e at a new venue, and have a new host that has never done slam. I am feeling very overwhelmed.

thanks
Title: Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
Post by: karrie on June 05, 2013, 07:21:29 PM
Hi Scorpiana,

The "Official MC Spiel" can be found in the PSi Handbook. The most recent version of the Handbook currently available has been posted by Jesse Parent as the last item in this thread: https://www.poetryslam.com/forum/index.php/topic,1803.msg90338.html#new

In addition to the Spiel, the Handbook has lots of information that is important for a new SlamMaster to know -- but don't hesitate to drop me a line or give a call if you have any questions. All the best to you in your new position!
Title: Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
Post by: jesster on June 06, 2013, 11:38:10 AM
Quote from: PSi Handbook - page 33
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a Poetry Slam. My name
is [say your name clearly] and I will be your MC for the
evening. The poetry slam is a competition invented in the
1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc
Smith [“So what.”] in which performed poetry is judged
by five members of the audience. Poets have three minutes
to present their original work and may choose to do so
accompanied by other members of their team. The judges
will then score the piece anywhere from 0 to 10, evaluating
such qualities as performance, content, and originality.
The high and low scores of each performance are tossed,
and the middle three are added giving the performer their
score. Points are deducted for violating the three-minute
time limit. We beseech the judges to remain unswayed by
the audience—audience, try to sway the judges—and score
each poet by the same set of criteria, ignoring whatever
boisterous reaction your judgment elicits. Audience: Let
the judges know how you feel about the job that they are
doing, but be respectful in your exuberance; there could
be no show without them. Now let me introduce you to
the judges.
Title: Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
Post by: Scorpiana X on June 06, 2013, 10:00:12 PM
Thanks, it's a huge help.
Title: Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
Post by: Audo on October 07, 2016, 01:38:54 AM
Quote from: PSi Handbook - page 33
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a Poetry Slam. My name
is [say your name clearly] and I will be your MC for the
evening. The poetry slam is a competition invented in the
1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc
Smith [“So what.”] in which performed poetry is judged
by five members of the audience. Poets have three minutes
to present their original work and may choose to do so
accompanied by other members of their team. The judges
will then score the piece anywhere from 0 to 10, evaluating
such qualities as performance, content, and originality.
The high and low scores of each performance are tossed,
and the middle three are added giving the performer their
score. Points are deducted for violating the three-minute
time limit. We beseech the judges to remain unswayed by
the audience—audience, try to sway the judges—and score
each poet by the same set of criteria, ignoring whatever
boisterous reaction your judgment elicits. Audience: Let
the judges know how you feel about the job that they are
doing, but be respectful in your exuberance; there could
be no show without them. Now let me introduce you to
the judges.

Sweeeet, just what I was looking for. Thanks very much.
Title: Re: Poetry Slam Opening Speech Needed
Post by: karen_g on October 07, 2016, 11:07:38 AM
The one above is still the old one, as we've opted for a gender-neutral Spiel.
Please see where all the most updated forms are in slam master files:
http://forums.poetryslam.com/index.php/topic,10121.0.html

If your slam manager doesn't have access, have them contact Suzi