• Check out the room so it is the way you like it.
• Introduce yourself - SMILE
• Call roll. Make sure everyone who should be there is;
if there is any discrepancy have the timekeeper notify the office.
Do not move someone to another classroom on your own.
• Wait for a signal from the office to start a round.
Do not start any round until you hear this signal, i.e. bell,
• Keep everyone in the room once a round of speaking has
• Have speaker(s) print name(s) and number/letter(s) on
• Be sure timer is ready before you allow speaker to begin.
• Give some indication to speaker(s) that he/she/they
Top Portion: (For Written Comments)
• Write comments during, and/or after speech
is presented, which ever you prefer. Try not to appear as if you
are busy writing instead of watching the speech!
• Make comments in the spaces provided. Do Not
leave a comment section blank.
• Make comments constructive. “Good”, “Fine”,
and “Fair” are not enough.
• Make sure comments are clear and to the point. Avoid ambiguity.
Bottom Portion: (For Scoring)
• MAKE SURE SCORES FIT THE COMMENTS. NO
low scores with excellent comments. NO high scores with negative
• Deduct a point in the section provided for under/over
• Do not compare students’ speeches.
• Sign both parts of the ballot.
• Note under/over time on both sections of the ballot.
• Send entire ballots in sealed envelope via timekeeper
to board office.
• Distribute upper section of the ballots to the students
upon timekeeper's return.
• Answer any questions contestants may have about your comments.
• Do NOT reveal any score to any person at any time.
• Keep all people in the room until end of round has been
• Visible: Posture, facial expressions,
gestures and movements should be natural, devoid of stiffness,
and yet, not sloppy; contestants should not be judged on or
comments made about their clothing. Should a student stand on
a chair, or stand, sit, or lie on a table, one point should
be deducted in the Visible Impression section. This rule has
been firmly established as of 10/07.
• Audible: Rate of speech should be
even, steady, neither too fast nor too slow to be understood.
Speech should be presented at a volume strong enough to be heard
without difficulty. If accents are attempted, they should be
maintained consistently throughout the speech. A speech in which
one speaker assumes different roles should contain different
“voices” for each role. Natural speech impediments
and those caused by braces should be taken into consideration
when judging a speech.
• Psychological: Interpretation and
persuasion - does the speaker make you feel that he/she has
become the character? Do you believe it? Poise - does the student
keep his/her cool? Does he/she stumble over words? Do partners
in a duet pick up cues from each other? Friendliness - does
the speaker seem to enjoy giving his/her speech? Forcefulness
- was the interpretation convincing enough? Did the Character
come across as he/she should? Was the introduction strong enough?
Did you understand the speech? Did the student understand the
speech? Should a student "freeze" and need to start
over, one point should be deducted in the Psychological Impression
REMEMBER: Judge the presentation
of the speech – not the content of the speech!
A condensed version of these tips is available to
the judges at each meet.