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A form used to evaluate a single speaker.

The categories for evaluating the speech have been arranged similarly to those in a Speech Contest Judge’s Guide. Note that here, as in a speech contest, it is assumed that a separate Speech Timer will determine if the speech length falls within the stated limits, therefore obviating the need for the Evaluator to do so.

ContentEdit

Speech DevelopmentEdit

  • Topic selection (suited speaker, audience, time available)
  • Structure
    • Opening—immediately engaging, interesting
    • Body—easy to follow and understand, well constructed
    • Conclusion reinforces body; climactic
  • Organization (clear, simple) & support material (examples, etc.) directly contributed to the message. Key ideas were few in number and introduced systematically. Logically written and presented.
  • Smoothness of transitions
  • Showed research of topic
  • Employed personal experience
  • Well-prepared and well-rehearsed

Speech TechniqueEdit

  • Spontaneity
  • Flexibility

Speech ValueEdit

  • Original ideas and material are used and portrayed
  • Is it a speech to remember?

EffectivenessEdit

  • Spoke to the topic, purpose, or objectives, and achieved them
  • Overall message was clear and called the audience to an action
  • Creation of excitement, suspense, twist
  • Speech Types
    • If informative, left the audience with a small number of clear ideas
    • If a persuasive speech, called the audience to an action
    • If an inspirational speech, engaged the audience’s fervor

Audience ResponseEdit

  • Held audience’s attention—audience was interested and well-informed of new ideas
  • The speech evoked a reaction—inspire, conviction, entertainment, satisfaction
  • Easy to relate to audience’s everyday lives and showed how it can help

DeliveryEdit

PhysicalEdit

  • Dress—appropriate, confident
  • Posture and stance—confident, relaxed
  • Gestures—natural, meaningful, lively, precise, enhanced message
  • Body movements—animated, graceful, purposeful, any distracting or repetitious movements
  • Facial expressions—friendly, natural, appropriate to speech content
  • Eye contact—no set pattern, established bonds with listeners, encompassed everyone
  • Confident—nervousness is under control
  • Use of notes and lectern—appropriate, unobtrusive
  • Use of props/visual aids—effective, added to content
  • Use of stage or speaking area
  • Addressed the Toastmaster at start and close appropriately

VoiceEdit

  • Volume—good projection, vibrant
  • Pitch—varied
  • Quality—agreeable, enthusiastic, passionate
  • Articulation—clear, crisp, controlled
  • Rate—smooth, deliberate
  • Vocal variety—conveys emotion, natural, animation) & voice control
  • Use of pauses—for effect, to allow listeners to digest information

MannerEdit

  • Positive—directness, assurance, and enthusiasm
  • Engaging—interest in the audience, confidence in their reaction

LanguageEdit

AppropriatenessEdit

  • Word selection and the explaining of technical terms or jargon
  • Used descriptive language
  • Used word-pictures (effectively, memorable)—selecting the right words for communicating the message
  • “Um”, “Ah”, Hesitation—kept under control

CorrectnessEdit

  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

FeedbackEdit

StrengthsEdit

Describe the strengths manifested in the speech.

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ImprovementsEdit

Describe the aspects in which the speaker showed improvement over previous speeches.

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Room for improvementEdit

Describe what aspects of the speech manifested room for future improvement.

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SuggestionsEdit

Enumerate some concrete things the speaker could do when working on the next speech.

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CreditsEdit

Based on work of Sarah Tennent. Otumoetai Toastmasters (#3511, District 72) March 2008

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