When You Are A Speech Evaluator

When You Are A Speech Evaluator

You will be providing feedback on a prepared speech delivered by a member of the club. This role is a great opportunity to develop effective listening and evaluation skills; the skills developed in this role can be easily transferred to other contexts such a providing performance feedback for team members.

General Pointers

  • The goal is to recognise a Speaker’s achievement whilst offering constructive feedback
    to help them improve
  • The evaluation is of the speech, not the Speaker’s characteristics or what you thought of the content.
  • This is not an exam for either you or the speaker; it is only your opinion and as such there are no right or wrong answers
  • You don’t have to have completed the speech to evaluate; if that is the case, you can use this as a preparation for when you deliver the speech

Before Thursday

The Competent Leadership Manual

  • Review your Competent Leader progress on d71 or in your manual to identify what project you need to complete and update d71 accordingly.
  • One of the other evaluators will review your performance and sign off your project. In the event you do not have your manual with you, you will find an evaluation form next to your name badge.

Preparing for the evaluation

Before doing an evaluation, think about evaluations that you have received: What was good (or not!) about them? Consider how you would like to receive feedback and apply that principle to giving feedback to others.

Contact the speaker and ask them:

  • which manual they are working from if you haven’t been able to identify it from D71
  • discuss the speech objectives with them – they may seek your ideas and input
    with last minute preparations
  • Note any personal objectives they may have for the speech

Early Bird TV is one of our biggest assets as a club. It allows you as an evaluator to gain insight into a speaker’s progress and get a sense of them. It also allows you to see how they were evaluated before so you can offer new insights to help the speaker. Do your homework and watch some of their speeches before and be ready to provide meaningful and helpful feedback.

On Thursday

Before the meeting starts

  • Chat to the speaker and grab their manual for completion
  • Review the questions at the end of the relevant chapter – they can help you prepare for your evaluation

During The Speech

  • Watch the speaker and listen to their words and how they deliver them.
  • Make notes – specific references will really help the speaker
  • Consider what they are doing well and what feedback could you give them that would help them be even better?
  • 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, etc.
  • Don’t be overawed if the speaker is advanced – ask yourself what more would you have expected if you had paid for that speech? (Thanks to Edward T for that one!)”

Delivering Your Feedback

You will have 3 minutes to deliver your feedback.

  • The suggested structure of an evaluation is always commend – recommend – commend
  • Allow 1 minute for commendations, 1 minute for recommendations and 1 minute for commendations
  • Feedback should always be supportive and warm, fair and honest
  • Deliver feedback in the third person. So say something like: ‘I felt that Pauline did this…’ rather than (a) you did this; or (b) I felt that you did this…’
  • Speaking in the 1st or 2nd person when giving an evaluation can put the speaker on the defensive. The other reason that the third person is preferable is that it is not just the speaker who learns from the evaluation – everyone does

After the meeting

  • Complete the questions and other feedback requested in the manual
  • You may want to discuss additional points that you couldn’t address in your evaluation
  • Review your own performance with the member signing off your Competent Leader project
  • Bask in the glow of a job well done and enjoy breakfast!

Example Evaluations

These are some of the evaluations that have been delivered at the Club. Check out Early Bird TV for many more examples!


Additional Resources

A D71 Evaluation Champion offers their ideas
The Early Bird Evaluation Contest

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