When You Are The Table Topics Evaluator
Being Table Topics Evaluator is one of the most challenging roles that a member can take on because, as soon as the Table Topics session has ended, the Topics Evaluator is called to the front to deliver his/her report. Consequently, there is not much room for thought!
- Review your Competent Leader manual to identify the project you are completing
- Ask the third speech evaluator to review your performance and sign off your project
Preparing For An Effective Evaluation
- Review – What would you commend and recommend?
- Think about evaluations that you have received in the past. What was good about them (or not!)? How would you like to receive feedback?
- Be prepared to offer evaluations for up to 12 speakers – Early Birds alternates between 6 – 12 topic speakers on different weeks
Before The Meeting Starts
- Arrive at 6:45AM!
- Ensure you have the necessary equipment to capture everything (i.e. pen and speech cards)
During The Meeting
Observing The Topic Session
- Watch and listen to the speakers. What did they do well and what feedback could you give them that would help them be even better?
- One suggestion is to make notes on individual cards as this will make it easier to focus on feedback
- Think about key learning points from the projects that you have undertaken so far and notice if the speaker does or does not do them i.e. such as speech organisation; right word selection; variety of pace and pitch of delivery; body language
Presenting The Evaluations
- You’ll have about 30 seconds per speaker. If using the C-R-C formula: commend – recommend – commend, that’s roughly 10 seconds for each element. Be selective with your comments
- CRC isn’t mandatory, you may prefer to simply make a series of generalised observations and strong suggestions
- It’s particularly important to present your feedback in the “third person” (eg, he/she/Robert/Susan) rather than addressing the individual directly (eg, “you”). This way, everyone will benefit from the suggestions
After The Meeting
- Note any suggestions for improvement from The General Evaluator
- Ask the third speech evaluator to evaluate your performance in this role – decide which Competent Leader project you want this to count towards. In return, please take the time to provide the third speech evaluator with a Competent Leader evaluation. If they do not have their manual with them, you will find an evaluation form next to your name badge
- Bask in the glow of a job well done and enjoy breakfast!
Table Topic Evaluations
These are some of the topic evaluations delivered at the club.