every prepared speech, the speaker receives an evaluation. After you have
presented a few speeches, you will be asked to serve as an evaluator and will
evaluate one of the prepared speakers for the meeting. In addition to your oral
evaluation, you also will 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 speakerís skill level,
habits, and mannerisms, as well as his or her progress to date. If the speaker
uses a technique or some gesture that receives a good response from the
audience, tell the speaker so he or she will be encouraged to use it again.
PRIOR TO THE
Talk with the
speaker to find out the manual project he or
she will be presenting. Review the goals of the speech and what the speaker
hopes to achieve. Find out exactly which skills or techniques the speaker hopes
to strengthen through the speech.
requires careful preparation if the speaker is to
benefit. Study 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, youíve opened the
door to strengthening their ability.
WHEN YOU ENTER
THE MEETING ROOM
Look for the
speaker and ask for his or her manual.
Ask if he or she
has any specific things for you to watch for during the talk.
impressions of the speech in the manual along
with your answers to the evaluation questions. Be as objective as possible.
Remember that good evaluations may give new life to discouraged members and poor
evaluations may dishearten members who tried their best. Remember, always leave the
speaker with specific methods for improving.
introduced, approach the lectern to present 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, donít read
the questions or your responses. Your oral evaluation time is limited. Donít try
to cover too much in your talkĖpossibly one point on organization, one on
delivery, and one on attainment of purpose with a statement about the greatest asset and a
suggestion for future improvement.
successful speech and specifically tell why it was
successful. Donít allow the speaker to remain unaware of a valuable asset such
as a smile, a sense of humor, or a good voice. Donít allow the speaker to remain
ignorant of a serious fault or mannerism; if it is personal, write it but donít
mention it aloud. Give the speaker the deserved praise and tactful suggestions
in the manner you would like to receive them when you are the speaker.
manual to the speaker. Add a verbal word of
encouragement to the speaker, something that wasnít mentioned in the oral