As a member of Toastmasters Club, you’ll be exposed to many different workshops – from leadership, to speech improvement to judging! Of all the different Toastmasters-endorsed workshops, the judging workshop is one of the most specialised and most often begs these questions: “Why would I want to attend a judging workshop? How can I benefit from this?” Here are SIX crucial reasons why…
1. Contestants expect and deserve a high calibre judge so you’ll need to learn what’s expected of a good judge.
By high calibre, we mean someone who’s fair and impartial. Aside from these qualities, a good judge is also expected to be trustworthy, accurate, knowledgeable and a good listener.
Because there are high expectations of a judge, and even higher expectations of a Toastmasters judge, it is indeed crucial for all aspiring judges to attend a judging workshop so he or she will learn the requirements and commitments needed of a judge as well as valuable information on how to meet those requirements.
2. You’ve already been to a judging workshop, so why do you need to attend another one?
Here’s food for thought: not all judging workshops are the same. Requirements and rules will change. In order not to be left behind or even worse, left out, existing and aspiring judges should attend a judging workshop featuring experienced and knowledgeable judges (like the upcoming Sunway Toastmasters Club judging workshop featuring Ramdas and Dinesh Jayabalan…pssst!) so they’ll effectively be updated on the latest judging rule books.
3. The BEST WAY to learn is to get hands-on practical experience…
There are no two ways around it – when it comes to learning, the quickest way to learn the ropes is to Just Do It – as the immortal Nike tagline goes.
The judge’s training module crafted by Ramdas and Dinesh Jayabalan is packed with real-life judging scenarios designed to encourage thought, debate and learning as you go along. This is a judging module that encourages hands-on learning, so you won’t just be reading about situations and learning them by rote, but actually experiencing and discovering things about yourself as you immerse yourself in the training programme.
4. You’ll get to learn Judging Methods according to the International Toastmasters Judges’ Training Guide
Learning through the Judges’ Training Guide is the most legit way to learn the ropes. The Toastmasters judging method is based on fairness, integrity and dignity and is the benchmark which all Toastmasters judges are measured against. These steps and methods have been formulated to be consistently fair and effective. And as not everything in your judging journey will be plain sailing, our seasoned judges cum speakers will be able to help you identify the problems ahead of time and troubleshoot them.
5. This workshop will STILL benefit you even if you aren’t keen on judging
Even if you aren’t setting your heart on being a Toastmasters Judge, this workshop will still be helpful because it’ll give you valuable insights into the judges’ thought process and requirements. By knowing how judges judge and what they’re looking for in speeches, you’ll be able to craft your speech so it fits well with the judging criteria.
6. So You’ll Know the Difference between An Evaluator and a Judge
While judging and evaluating may have similarities, they aren’t the same. The judge’s role in a competition is simply to judge. While at evaluations, the speaker’s pros, cons and points of improvement would be highlighted at the session. It is important to know the difference between these roles so both these roles are well represented and carried out.
So there you have it, SIX good reasons why you should attend Sunway Toastmasters Club’s So You Think You Can Judge Workshop! The unique perspectives and contrasting delivery styles of both our speakers, Ramdas and Dinesh J. will ensure a workshop session that’s filled with learning points, entertainment and laughter. If learning through practical knowledge is most effective, learning through laughter and entertainment would be most enjoyable. 🙂
* Sunway Toastmaster’s Club’s So You Think You Can Judge Workshop is taking place on the 18th August 2018 at Menara Sunway from 9am -3pm. If you’re excited by this exciting workshop and can’t wait to sign up😜, click here to join RIGHT NOW!