Judging Speech Contests

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Guidelines for judging at Toastmasters speech contests

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Judging Speech Contests

  1. 1. Judging Speech Contests District 65 Toastmasters Leadership Institute
  2. 2. Judging Contests vs Giving Evaluations <ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation – Provide constructive feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judging – Select best speaker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation – Guidelines from manual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judging – Point system from judge’s ballot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What to consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation – Speaker’s goals and previous speeches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judging – The contest speech only </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Judge’s Challenge <ul><li>Treat each speaker the same </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let feelings influence your judging </li></ul><ul><li>Judge the speech as if it’s the first time you’ve heard it </li></ul><ul><li>Never consider past successes or failures </li></ul>
  4. 4. Common Judging Errors <ul><li>Halo Effect Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Judge’s “general impression” of a speaker, positive or negative, contaminates the judging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leniency / Toughness Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Judging based on extremely high or low personal expectations about speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Central Tendency Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Judges with very limited viewpoints who play it safe by giving no extreme ratings, good or bad </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Common Judging Errors <ul><li>Similar-To-Me Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Judge’s tendency to rate based on how closely the speaker resembles the judge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First Impression Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ratings based on first impressions of the speaker before hearing the entire speech </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stereotype Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ratings based on previous assumptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: A female speaker can’t speak knowledgeably about cars </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Common Judging Errors <ul><li>First Speaker Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Judging the performance of each speaker based on the performance of the first speaker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sympathy Factor Error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ratings based on sympathy for overcoming adversity or feeling that it’s that speaker’s turn to win a contest </li></ul></ul>

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