Once you consent to being a judge in a speech contest you subscribe to certain obligations to certain people including the following:
Contestants: Contestants are entitled to, expect and deserve a professional judging. They should receive fairness and impartiality. They have invested heavily in the speech both in time and resources. A fair judgement makes it worthwhile.
Toastmasters International: Toastmasters has a reputation for excellence including excellent speech contests. Poor or biased judging erodes this reputation and demeans the contest.
The Audience: Whenever judges fail to make the best choice the audience will notice and feel cheated. Most in the audience are accomplished speakers themselves. A fiasco will deter them from participating in other contests.
Themselves: As a Toastmaster, judges have made a personal commitment to self-improvement. By violating that commitment the judge violates him/herself. This is a great disservice to self.
Don’t miss on the 2015 Speech Derby for excellent speeches, Excellent evaluations and excellent judging.
This is how the the 2012 Gala was reported in the Kwanza Kenya Toastmasters News letter.
Lights, Camera, Action
23rd June 2012….this was the day when Toastmasters and their esteemed guests were treated to an unforgettable evening. The year’s Annual Dinner was simply scintillating!
The gala was hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel & the Guest speaker was the talented June Gachui – an advocate, a thespian, a singer and an entrepreneur to boot. June thoroughly connected with her audience, she held us captive with her delivery and most of all, inspired us to greatness! She is a star performer!
Wangu Wachira (Kwanza Kenya TM) & Carol Kariuki (Nairobi TM), the MCs of the evening were excellent. The quiz ace David Gray Kimaru did not disappoint with his mind boggling quizzes. The table topics speakers demonstrated that it is possible to think and speak with a full mouth. The joke master, well let us say that the only people not laughing were those who were in stitches. The poet, the guitar players and the song birds made it all more memorable.
The 3 speakers of the evening, including an impromptu speaker, reminded the audience that public speaking is a must for all.
On the deck was the experienced DJ mentored by the famous DJ Babbz who did not disappoint. Lucky raffle winners smiled all the way home with amazing gifts from our sponsors and partners including two nights for two at the Amboseli Serena Lodge. All in all, it was a wonderful evening!
Hats off to the organizing committee and thank you for helping us close the year with such aplomb.
See you at the 2015 much grander event
A speech contest can spring surprises on the contestant. For example a whole chunk of material might evaporate from your memory (I should know that), you might draw a blank, the audience might laugh longer than you anticipated (if you did at all) or your points might rearrange themselves.
Therefore use your established word rate to determine how many words you require in order to end your speech with a minute to spare. For example if the contest requires a five to seven minute speech, such that your talk should not exceed seven minutes thirty seconds, try to end at six minutes thirty seconds. This way you have a buffer of one minute.