Being The Judge at Speech Contests

All About Judging

In this show, I interview Marvin Henry, DTM,  Chief Judge for Division C of District 42.

Henry has been a Toastmaster since 1995. He is past-president of the Igniters Club, VP Education of Calgary Advanced Club (CATS). Marvin has held several leadership positions in Toastmasters.

October is the month for our Fall club, area, division & district Humorous & Table Topics Speech Contests. It is only fitting that I bring lite onto judging speeches & being a judge.

In this interview, Marvin tells us how he became a Chief Judge and what is involved in Judging.

Marvin maintains a list of members who like to be called upon to judge at a local club, area, or division. So when contest time rolls around, club & district execs only need to contact Marvin when they are short of judges. These members also have access to judges training to become proficient. So check in your specific Division or District for the same.

There is no denying that being a speech contest judge several times will help in improving your performance and ranking for the judges. You know what the judges are looking for, so now you can give it to them. It will help round you out as both a speaker and a judge.

I also talk about being an Area Governor and that the Fall Speech Contest (or Spring Contest) is the main venue for us AG’s.

I conclude the show with my traditional “Tip of the Show”.

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