This past Saturday, January 12, First Oakville Toastmasters and Area 52 hosted our first Judging Workshop at the Quality Hotel. Of the 28 participants, 10 were from First Oakville. Each and every club was represented: First Oakville, Glen Abbey, Trafalgar, Horizons (being chartered on January 22) and Mighty Oaks.
We reviewed and discussed the Judges Guide and Ballot and different approaches when assigning points. Then our own Sharon Jenkins delivered a speech for us to practice our judging skills. Peter West videotaped her speech so that we were able to view it again after we discussed our results. One of the very best aspects of this workshop was the amount of participation and interaction between all attendees. It was an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions, as we so like to do as Toastmasters.
Just as important was the feedback given to me and co-presenter Bradd Morgan after the event. There were some valuable suggestions ~ such as having more target speakers at the workshop to closely simulate a contest scenario and also providing more examples of how to approach assigning point value on the Judges Guide and Ballot. Incorporating these ideas will make our next Judging Workshop even stronger!
Special thanks to Peter West, Sharon Jenkins, Heather Cunningham and Adrian Scott for their support.
Looking forward to our next workshop day, January 26!
First Oakville Toastmasters #2245