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Evaluations are a critical part of the Toastmasters education program. Evaluations require listening skills and a good understanding of the components that work together to make a speech great.
A full digital contest kit is available from Toastmasters International for the Evaluation Contest
The Evaluation Contest
In an evaluation contest the contestants all evaluate the same speaker.
It is vital the contestants pay careful attention to the test speaker’s speech before leaving the room to organise their notes.
At the conclusion of the test speech, all contestants leave the room and have five minutes to prepare their evaluation (using materials of their choice). After five minutes, the written material must be handed to the Sergeant-at-Arms who shall hand the material back to the contestants as they are introduced to present their evaluation.
Each contestant is judged on the delivery of their evaluation according to the Evaluation Contest judging criteria.
The art of a good evaluation is in presenting the evaluation as a speech in its own right.
Important Contest Considerations
At all levels of the contest it is recommended that the test speaker is not a member of the same club as a contestant. Toastmasters International also recommends that the test speaker is not a live contestant at any level of the contest. Ideally, the test speaker should not be known to contestants and shall deliver a contest-type speech or taken from one of the assignments in the Competent Communication manual.