After every prepared speech, the speaker receives an evaluation. After you have presented a few speeches, you'll be asked to serve as an evaluator and will evaluate one of your prepared speakers for the meeting. In addition to your oral evaluation, you'll also give the speaker a written evaluation using the guide in the manual. The evaluation you present can make the difference between a worthwhile or a wasted speech for your speaker. The purpose of the evaluation is to help the speaker become less self-conscious and a better speaker. This requires that you be fully aware of the speakers skill level, habits, and mannerisms , as well as his or her progress to date. If the speaker uses a technique, or some gestures, that receives a good response from the audience, tell the speakers so he or she will be motivated to use it again.
Prior to the meeting Edit* Review carefully the Effective Speech Evaluation manual which you received in your New Member Kit.
- Talk with this speaker to find out the manual project viewer she will be presenting. Review the goals of the speech and what the speaker hopes to achieve. Find out exactly which skilled or techniques the speaker hopes to strengthen through the speech.
- Evaluation requires careful preparation if the speaker is to benefit. Steady the project objectives as well as the evaluation guide in the manual. Remember, the purpose of evaluation is to help people develop their speaking skills in various situations, including platform presentations, discussions, and meetings. Achievement equals the sum of ability and motivation. By actively listening and gently offering useful advice, you motivate members to work hard and improve. When you show the way to improvement, you've opened the door to strengthen their ability.
- When you enter the meeting room - Look for the speaker and get his or her manual.
- Meet briefly with the general evaluator to confirm the evaluation session format. Then confer with the speaker one last time to see if he or she has any specific things for you to watch for during the talk.
During the MeetingEdit
- Record your impressions of the speech in the manual along with your answers to the evaluation questions.
- Be as objective as possible.
- Consider all communication the speaker employs - both Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
- Remember that good evaluation may give new life to discouraged members and poor evaluations may dishearten members who try their best.
- Remember, always leave the speaker with specific methods for improving
Your Oral EvaluationEdit
- When introduced, stand and give your oral evaluation.
- Begin and end your evaluation with a note of encouragement or praise.
- Though you may have written lengthy responses to manual evaluation questions, don't read the questions or your responses. Your oral evaluation time is limited.
- Don't try to cover too much in your talk-possibly one point on organization, one on delivery, and one on attainment of purpose with a statement about the greatest asset and a suggestions for future improvement.
- Praise a successful speech and specifically tell why it was successful. Don't allow the speaker to remain unaware of a valuable asset such as a smile, a sense of humor, or a good voice. Don't allow the speaker to remain ignorant of a serious fault or mannerisms; if it is personal, write it but don't mention it aloud.
- Give the speaker praise and tactful suggestions in the manner you would like to receive them when you are the speaker.
After the meetingEdit
- Return the manual to the speaker.
- Add a word of encouragement to the speaker, something that wasn't mentioned in the oral evaluation.
Effective Speech Evaluation (Catalog No. 202), included in your New Member Kit.
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