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Judging Criteria

Guide for Judges

Judges will use criteria similar to that used by Toastmasters, International when that organization conducts its international speech contest. Below is a breakdown of the criteria: 

Speech Development (structure, organization, support material).
A good speech will be
  • Easy to understand
  • Focused (has a purpose)
  • Structured (clear beginning, middle, and end)
  • Engaging (gets audience attention and drives them to a purpose)
  • Supported with relevant examples, facts, etc.
Topic (achieves purpose, holds interest)
  • Was the speech subject appropriate for this particular audience?
Stage presence
  • Professional appearance
  • Body language should support speech through gestures, expressions, posture.
  • Speaker moves appropriately
  • Speaker exhibits enthusiasm and confidence
  • Different pitches, rate, and volume add to richness of speech.
  • Words heard and clearly understood.
  • Word choices appropriate for audience.
  • Language is precise and promotes clear understanding of thoughts
  • Use of words is correct in terms of grammar and pronunciation.
  • Speaker uses few or no filler words.
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