From the moment we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night, we are constantly evaluating the people and things around us. It is hoped that through constructive evaluation we may be able to improve the environment in which we live. Anyone who has spoken before an audience is familiar with some of the basic forms of immediate evaluation. Evaluation transmitted from the audience to the speaker through the use of some easily interpretable cues: smiles, laughs, frowns, whispers, or yawns. When the speaker receives these cues from the listeners, he or she finds the evaluation simple and direct.

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Why do we want to become better speakers? The ultimate responsibility lies with the speaker. While the evaluator is responsible for providing feedback, and suggesting areas for improvement, only the speaker can actually make those improvements.

The speaker must decide if the feedback is valid and decide if we will act on it. Your function is to provide the speaker with information they can use for a basis of improvement. A critic just identifies strengths and weaknesses. An evaluator must concentrate on specific methods for improvement. Counselor not a role taken often, but with some one who truly fears giving a speech this is a key role for the evaluator.

For these speakers reducing fear is an immediate need - far more important than making mechanical improvements. In these cases it is the evaluators job to do whatever is necessary to get that person back for their next speech. An evaluator needs tact and sensitivity, as well as honesty. Club Evaluation Climate How well does our club evaluate? Encourage dialogue between speakers and evaluators; the speaker and evaluator can take a couple of minutes after the meeting to discuss the evaluation - clarify misunderstandings, were the recommendations helpful, how can the evaluator improve Evaluate the evaluator; part of the general evaluation.

Sometimes when the meeting is running long and the general evaluation is cut short, the evaluation of the evaluators is often missed or glossed over however, for everyone to improve it is important that evaluators are evaluated. Encourage group evaluations; the more feedback the better. Toastmasters international suggests periodically scheduling panel or group evaluations Emphasize manual speeches; provide step by step methods for skill development and provide evaluators with specific objectives and guidelines for evaluating.


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