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Conducting Successful Club Contests. Speech Contests Provide. Competitive contest experience. Educational programs. Opportunities to observe proficient speakers. Keys to a Successful Contest. Plan ahead for success. Ensure fair, impartial judging. Know the rules. Eligibility

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Speech contests provide
Speech Contests Provide

  • Competitive contest experience.

  • Educational programs.

  • Opportunities to observe proficient speakers.


Keys to a successful contest
Keys to a Successful Contest

  • Plan ahead for success.

  • Ensure fair, impartial judging.

  • Know the rules.


Most misunderstood rules

Eligibility

Originality

Humour

Props

Timing

Protests

Most Misunderstood Rules


Eligibility
Eligibility

  • A member is eligible if he or she:

    • Is a member in good standing of the club in which he or she is competing. The club also must be in good standing. New, dual or reinstated members must have dues and application current with WHQ.

    • Has completed at least six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual. (Charter members of newly-chartered clubs are exempted.)

    • Is not a District officer


Originality
Originality

  • Speech must be substantially original which means:

    • Must be written by the speaker

    • Quotations must be identified

  • Does not mean

    • A brand new speech – it can be one given by the speaker before at the club or in a previous year’s contest


Humour
Humour

  • May be used but is not required

  • If used:

    • Should not offensive

    • Should be appropriate to speech


Props
Props

  • Are not necessary

  • If used:

    • Should be set up before speaker is introduced


Timing
Timing

  • For International, no less than 4:30 and no more than 7:30

  • For Table Topics, no less than 1:00 and no more than 2:30

  • Timing begins with first interaction with audience


Protests
Protests

  • May be made by contestants and judges only

  • Must be made before results announced

  • May be based only on originality

  • Speaker has opportunity to defend

  • Decision about originality based on majority decision of judges


More tips for great contests
More Tips for Great Contests

  • Ensure everyone knows the rules and  their  duties.

  • Confirm contest date, time and location.

  • Pay attention to balloting.

  • Follow the rules.


Responsibilities of contest chair
Responsibilities of Contest Chair

  • Know the contest rules

  • Brief contestants and Sgt at Arms

  • Draw for speaking order

  • Explain contest to audience

  • Introduce speakers


Responsibilities of chief judge
Responsibilities of Chief Judge

  • Know the rules

  • Find appropriate judges

  • Find a tiebreaker judge

  • Brief the judges

  • Brief timers and counters