ERIC Number: ED210737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Judging the After Dinner Speaking Competitor: Style and Content.
Mills, Norbert H.
When tournament judges view a particular speaking event they are inevitably going to have different perceptions of that event. For example, typical descriptions for after dinner speaking events deal with time limits, originality, wit and creativity, and tasteful humor. Definitions of these terms vary, but efforts have been made to establish some semblance of uniformity in judging after dinner speaking events. The first aspect a judge must keep in mind is the speech content, whether it is appropriate to the audience and whether the humor employed is appropriate--language, logic, identity, or action. Also considered are the clarity of the serious point of the speech (if there is one), the use of wit, and the appropriateness of sexual innuendo or obscenity. Style is impossible to separate from content, but is also an aspect subject to judging, and includes accuracy, clarity, propriety, economy of words, and liveliness. While these items are not meant to be the final criteria from which a judge must evaluate a speech, judges can achieve a greater degree of uniformity in judging after dinner speaking with a clearer understanding of what the event should entail from the viewpoint of both the competitor and the judge. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).