Tall Tales Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot


Judging Items Excellent  Very Good  Good Fair
Score
Speech Development
Opening, Build-up, Climax, Organization, Smoothness
30
22 - 29
13 - 21 0 - 12  
Speech Techniques
Effective Use of Exaggeration, Irony, Pun, Surprise Twists, Humor, Slapstick
25
18 - 24
11 - 17 0 - 10  
Physical
Appearance, Body Langauge
15
11 - 14
7 - 10 0 - 6  
Voice
Flexibility, Volume
15
11 - 14
7 - 10 0 - 6  
Language
Appropriate to Speech, Purpose, and Audience, Good Grammar, Pronunciation, and Word Selection
15
11 - 14
7 - 10 0 - 6  
Total Score  


Judging Criteria

Speech Development is the way the speaker puts ideas together so the audience can understand them. A good tall tales speech immediately engages the audience's attention, then smoothly builds up to a good climax and conclusion.

Speech Techniques refer to the various tall tales skills, such as exaggeration, irony, pun, humor, and surprise twists. These techniques are the essence of the tall tale, and they must be skillfully incorporated into the tale.

Physical presentation of the response carries part of the responsibility for effective communication. The speaker's appearance should reinforce the story. Body language should support the story through gestures, expressions, and body positions.

Voice is the sound that carries the message. It should be flexible, moving from one pitch level to another for emphasis, and should have a variety of rate and volume. A good voice can be clearly heard and the words easily understood.

Language refers to the choice of words that relate to the story. Language should promote clear understanding of thoughts and should fit the occasion precisely. Proper use of grammar and correct pronunciation will show that the speaker is the master of the words being used.



Back to Sherman Oaks Toastmasters

Back to Contest Information



Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM, ATM-S
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011



Home     Our Mission     FAQs     Members' Page     Meeting Guide     Location     Japanese - nihongo.jpg (1,558 bytes)