Today Monday Evening 26-December-2011, I participated as Contestant for Evaluation Speech and Table Topic contest for Dukhan Toastmaster Club.
Each Club in good standing may select its Club Evaluation Contest winner to compete in the Area contest. A Club may choose its contestant by whatever means the Club desires.
If a contest is held, it must comply with all the rules and the contest result is final. The Area speech contest winner then proceeds to the Division contest (if applicable). The Division winner then proceeds to the District contest. Should an Area or Division contest winner be unable to participate in the next contest level, the highest placed available contestant will advance to the next level.
The purpose of Evaluation speech and Table Topic contest are :
- To encourage development of evaluation skills and to recognize the best as encouragement to all.
- To provide an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient evaluators who have benefited from their Toastmasters training.
- To encourage development of impromptu and/or extemporaneous speaking skills and to recognize the best as encouragement to all.
Each evaluation contest follows a simple, standard agenda:
- The contest begins with a short speech given by a test speaker.
- Contestants watch and listen to the test speaker. Most critique the speech with the help of an evaluation template.
- At the conclusion of the speech, contestants are ushered out of the room.
- They are given five minutes to review notes. At the end of this period, their notes are gathered.
- One at a time, contestants are brought back to the room to deliver a two- to three-minute evaluation, with their notes (if desired).
- Judges score each contestant. Scores are tallied to determine the winners.
If you are truly interested in improving your speech evaluation skills, I encourage you to attend one or more contests, even if you are not a Toastmasters member (generally speaking, contests are open to the public).
- Contests are entertaining.
- Contests are inexpensive. Generally, a nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of refreshments.
- You can learn from the test speaker (often quite experienced).
- Contestants are generally quite proficient in the art of evaluation. This is particularly true at higher levels of the contest.
- The variety of approaches and analytical observations will surely complement your existing evaluation skills. My eyes were opened the first time I attended a contest outside of my club; the observations made by the contestants were very different from the status quo for me.