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How to Evaluate a Speech

HOW TO EVALUATE EFFECTIVELY

1. Suit your evaluation to the speaker

2. Learn the speaker’s objectives

Speak to the speaker beforehand
Find out which manual assignment
Ask if they have any personal objectives

3. Listen actively

Be physically and mentally alert
Empathise with the speaker
Find areas of interest
Summarize
Listen with your eyes as well as your ears
Take notes

4. Personalise your language

My reaction was………..
It appeared to me…………
I felt that you…………..
I suggest……………
I think your next speech will have a stronger impact on me if you……………….
A technique I have found useful is………………….

5. Give positive reinforcement

6. Help the speaker to become motivated, get them back for their next speech

7. Evaluate the behaviour and the delivery, not the person

8. Nourish self-esteem

Tell the speaker what he/she is doing well and WHY

9. Show the speaker HOW to improve

Focus on what the speaker should be doing, not on what he/she should not be doing
Keep you recommendations to a manageable size
Tell the speaker HOW to improve, not just WHAT to improve
Use the PLUS and MINUS evaluation of commend, recommend, recommend, commend

Evaluation can create a caring and supportive climate in a club so it is important that members work hard to improve evaluation skills. By doing so members will help one another to become the speakers they want to be.

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