Date 03 Aug 07, 18:33
Description An explanation of the judging criteria
Article scope General Information
What Makes a Winning Speech?
So what is the difference between a winning speech and a Winning Area Competition Speech? The answer is in the criteria used by the Judges. Unlike a speech that is evaluated against a manual, a competition speech is marked against a set of prescribed criteria; so whilst your speech may be well matched to the objectives of the manual in say "vocal variety" or "body language" it has to be judged against a different specification.
This means that sometimes you can sit in a contest, especially further up the competition chain and think :-
The Humorous Speech should be a crafted speech, not a monologue or collection of jokes - it should have some value to the audience. And it shouldn't be rude...you can infer and imply but you shouldn't be blatant...in the words of Coco Channel "it's half what you've got and half what they think you've got"
So let's look at the criteria:
Effectiveness [Excitement created, suspense, the unexpected twist, surprise, connection of humorous events, achievement of purpose] yup only 10%
Speech Value [ideas, logic, original thought] 15%
Audience Response [ attentiveness, laughter, interest, reception] 15%
DELIVERY 30% of the total :
Voice [ flexibility, volume] 10%
Manner [directness, assurance, enthusiasm] 10%
LANGUAGE 15% of the total
Correctness [ grammar, pronunciation, word selection] 5%
Hope that helps explain why Judges get such a hard time, and what we need to think about when we prepare our speeches.