Criteria for Evaluating Persuasive Speakers
NOTE: Judges evaluate each performer individually based on the total presentation. At the end of the round, performers are ranked in order of the quality of the presentations: Best is first, second best is second, and so on. All contestants are ranked. There can be no ties.
The following criteria are of equal importance in evaluating the speaker:
I. Analysis and Content
- Did the speaker answer the question?
- Was the content persuasive?
- Was there sufficient use of logic, facts, examples, and/or expert opinion?
- Was the information adequately documented?
- Was the information pertinent to the specific topic?
- Did the speaker get attention?
- Was the topic clearly stated?
- Did the speaker preview and give focus to the key ideas?
- Were divisions clear and appropriate to the topic?
- Did the speaker make effective use of signposting, internal summaries, and transitions?
- Was adequate time devoted to each division within the 7 minute time limit?
- Was there a logical progression of ideas?
- Did the speaker tie the speech together?
- Was the answer to the question clear?
- Was there a note of finality?
- Was the language suitable to persuading the audience?
- Was the language precise, grammatically correct, and vivid?
- Was the delivery natural and spontaneous?
- Did it reinforce the ideas of the speech?
- Was enunciation clear?
- Was volume appropriate?
- Was there sufficient variety in rate, pause, and pitch?
- Did the speaker exhibit poise and confidence?
- Were gestures varied, movement motivated, and eye contact direct?
- If note card was used, was it an unobtrusive part of the delivery?
Judges are encouraged to write comments and are given the following instructions: "The best critiques teach and encourage the student. Please offer areas of improvement and positive attributes of the speech."