Evaluate to Motivate, Presenter’s Guide 292A
CONDUCTING THE PROGRAM
“Evaluate to Motivate” explains the importance of speech evaluations and how to present them. The material also offers a number of techniques on how to evaluate to enable a speaker to:
• Receive beneficial information and advice
• Be encouraged to continue presenting speeches
• Be given guidelines for positive feedback
• Make continuous improvements
This product consists of four parts:
• Definition and explanation of the presentation
• Guidelines for your introduction to the audience
• Outline for the development of your speech
• CD of a PowerPoint presentation to be viewed along with your speech
The more effective we are in evaluating each other, the more each one of us will profit from the experience, whether we are delivering a speech, evaluating, or sitting in the audience. For as audience members, we learn from the good example an effective evaluation presents. As evaluators, we learn to sharpen our listening and impromptu speaking skills. And as speakers, effective evaluations benefit us by:
• Providing immediate feedback. Supportive commentary and helpful suggestions reinforce positive speaking behaviors as well as assist in focusing on areas that need work.
• Offering methods for improvement. An evaluator can offer a new perspective. This perspective will allow the presenter to recognize and then solve any difficulties within the presentation.
• Building and maintaining self-esteem. As the presenter’s speaking improves from speech to speech, more self-esteem will be gained.
USING THE “TELL AND SELL” APPROACH
• Requires the evaluator to do all the talking while the speaker listens.
• Makes the meeting efficient, leaving no time for conversational digression.
• Allows the speaker to focus on what is being said.
• New members should not evaluate until they have conducted several speeches.
HOW TO EVALUATE EFFECTIVELY
Giving an evaluation is an excellent way to demonstrate the skills you are learning as a Toastmaster.
The following are five basic points to remember when offering an evaluation:
1. Before the speech.
• Review and discuss the manual objectives and evaluation guidelines.
• Ask about any concerns regarding the speech or the speaker’s speaking ability.
2. Show that you are interested.
• Demonstrate that you are truly interested in the speech.
• Exhibit your interest in the speaker’s ability to grow and improve.
3. Personalize your language.
• Put yourself in the position of the speaker before giving your evaluation.
• Stay away from words like:
– “You didn’t…”
– “You should have…”
– “You failed to…”
• To stimulate improvement, use words like:
– “I believe…”
– “My reaction was…”
– “I suggest that…”
• Keep the evaluator’s mantra in mind to maximize your skills:
– What I saw
– What I heard
– What I felt
4. Evaluate the speech – not the person!
• Always keep your main purpose in mind: To support, help, and encourage the speaker.
• Pay attention to the speaker’s goals for self-improvement.
• Watch for symptoms of fear or insecurity.
• Evaluate what the speaker does – not what the speaker is!
5. Promote self-esteem.
• Encourage and inspire the speaker to participate again by giving:
– Honest and sincere praise.
– Positive reinforcement when improvements occur.
– Helpful direction when necessary.
• Always end your evaluation positively