Published on March 9, 2014
Speech Contest Judging
Here Comes the JUDGE! Pick THE Winner !
Contests Benefit Everyone Competitors Other Toastmasters General Public
Judging Workshop Contest Roles Judges Guidelines Judging Guidelines Practice
Judging Workshop Judges Guidelines Judging Guidelines Practice
Different Contest Roles Contest Chairman Timers Counters Chief Judge Tie-breaking Judge Judges Contestants
Obligations of a Judge To the Contestants To Toastmasters To the Audience To Themselves
Duties of a Judge Not Evaluate - Feedback Pick THE Winner Confidentiality
Judges Code of Ethics Avoid Bias Not time speeches Support the Rules and Standards
Qualities of a Judge Trustworthy Knowledgeable Good Listener Analytical Accurate Fair
The Challenge... Objectivity Judging IS... Subjective
Barriers to Objectivity First or Last Speaker Give Someone Else a Chance Help the Underdog Halo or Reverse Halo Second Time Around
Barriers to Objectivity Not my Norm Speaker Prejudice Subject Prejudice Personal Preference Unfamiliar with Judging Form Misconceptions
If you can’t be objective… Don’t judge !
Different Techniques Take Notes - Score Later Absolute Scoring Relative Scoring + & — Right to Left
Three Scoring Sections Content 50% Delivery 30% Language 20%
Content Speech Development, Structure • Opening Body • Engage the Audience • Clear Specific Purpose (Thesis, Premise, Main Point) • Indicate Structure • • • • Entry Story, Fact, Example Transition Exit Conclusion • • • Restate Structure Restate Thesis Take away Value
Content Speech Development, Organization Chronological (Past, present, future) Sequential (First, second, third) Geographical (Asia, Canada, USA) Categorical (Sales, Delivery, Finance) Compare and Contrast
Content Speech Development, Organization Hierarchical: (Top, middle, bottom) Increasing Detail (General to Specific) Build Knowledge (Know "A" before "B") Options (Plan A, Plan B, Plan C) Expanding Radius (Branch, Country, World) Priority (Critical, Important, Optional)
Content Speech Development, Support Material Relevant to the Thesis Smoothly presented • • • • • Entry into Body Transition Between Stories Exit from Body Ideas Building on Each Other Parallels & Flashback
Content Effectiveness Achievement of General Purpose Achievement of Specific Purpose (Thesis) Audience Interest Audience Reception Appropriate Subject for Audience
Content Speech Value Meaningful Original Thesis and Supporting Material Substance and Logic Contributes to Audience Thinking Important Ideas Can be Humorous Think, Touch, Tickle
Delivery Physical Appearance Congruent with Purpose Appearance Congruent with Thesis Face Hands Body Movement/Position Eye Contact Detractors
Delivery Physical Body Language & Position • • • • • • • Posture Punctuate and demonstrate Energy Smooth/Purposeful Congruent with Purpose In Character or Mood Believable
Delivery Voice Enunciation Overall clearly heard Flexibility Believable / congruent Emphasis / inflection Variety: Speed, Volume, Pitch Texture
Delivery Manner Directness Assurance Congruent Enthusiasm Interest in the Audience Confident in Audience Reactions
Language Appropriateness Word Choices (Creativity) Descriptive word pictures Good taste Suited to purpose & thesis Suited to Audience Clear understanding of thoughts
Language Correctness Grammar Purposeful Errors Pronunciation Choice of Words (Correctness)
Protests Judge or Contestant Too much quoting (>25%) Speech partly plagiarized Speech wholly plagiarized Protest procedure
Disqualification Eligibility Undertime or Overtime Originality
Practice Speech Mark Forms Analyze Scoring
Summary Do Your Best Maximize Objectivity Support the Rules Uphold Your Ethics Practice! Practice! Practice! Pick THE Winner
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