shaun durkin




The focus of this Contest Judging workshop is to provide you with a toolkit of knowledge that can bring a new dimension to your personal and professional growth as you explore the mechanics of Toastmasters Speech Contests. We  get to know the Rule Book, the quiet engine room of Speech Contests and expand our knowledge of all roles in the Speech Contest Judging Team.

We gain new insights into the leadership and values-driven responsibilities of the Chief Judge who sets the right tone for a positive and successful Speech Contest, developing an empowering Judge’s mind-set, and further understanding the qualities and objectives necessary for success. We finally unpack the Judges’ Guide and Ballot Criteria to ‘select a winner’.

Workshop Title: Contest Judging (A Values Driven Responsibility)

Shaun Durkin has been a member of Naas Toastmasters for the last 9 years. A passionate advocate of the Toastmasters’ values of Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence, Shaun’s club leadership roles have included VP Membership and PR, VP Education (3 times) and Club President. Last year he was Area 28 Director; and he is the current Division D Director.


As a Learning and Development Manager, Shaun has embraced the Toastmasters Competitions as a ‘positive learning experience’ having reached Division Finals in Table Topics and Evaluation competitions; and achieving 2nd place in the International Speech Final at the Nottingham ‘Robin Hood’ Conference in 2015. In recent years, he has embraced the other side of competitions – that of judging. And his experiences to date have reinforced in him the central importance of the Toastmasters values.

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10th - 12th May 2019