We planned a meeting that was not our normal 3-speeches-3-evaluations-and-table-topics night. Instead we had a hands-on learning session about Judging combined with a humorous speech by Alicia Saddoris.
First, Alicia gave her humorous speech entitled, “Undomesticated Humans”. We look forward to her competing in the Toastmasters’ W3 Area Humorous Speech competition in September.
Then Jeff McRaven gave a speech entitled, “The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Said”.
It was a well-honed humorous speech that Jeff had given many times in the past. Heidi Schreiner lead a practice judging session with the group. Jeff’s speech was difficult to judge. It was supposed to be…
Then Heidi gave a speech entitled, “The Value of Shame”. Jeff used the speech to lead a second practice judging session with the group.
We were given handouts of the official judging sheets used in Toastmaster speech competitions as judging aids. On the sheets all elements of good public speaking are weighted by relative importance. Exposure to both the process of judging a speech and the system used to judge speeches helps members better develop their own public speaking skills.