Good evaluations are our strength
Good evaluations are a crucial part of what makes our Club strong.
A good evaluation:
- motivates the speaker to improve.
- provides valuable thoughts and tips for all members looking to improve.
- is itself an entertaining and motivational speech.
The Mt Vic Way
The nature of our evaluations also feed our club’s culture. They’re positive, good humoured and genuine. That’s the Mt Vic Way.
So, how can we ensure that the club has high quality evaluation speeches?
Evaluators aren’t born that way
Like public speaking, good evaluators aren’t born, they’re made. There are specific skills to construct an effective evaluation. They are:
- Be encouraging.
- Consider the speaker’s objectives.
- Personalise your review.
- Evaluate the speech, not the person.
- Evaluate to motivate.
Broken down further it looks like this.
Five Points for Evaluating (from Toastmasters International)
1) Show your interest
- Be encouraging.
2) Consider speaker’s objectives
- Before you evaluate speech.
- While you evaluate speech.
3) Personalise your review
- What I saw.
- What I heard.
- What I felt.
4) Evaluate the speech, not the person
- In the language you use (3rd person).
- In the content of your evaluation (focus on their speaking, not their values or beliefs).
5) Evaluate to Motivate
- Give honest, sincere praise.
- Use positive reinforcement.
- Encourage ‘Do more of’ & ‘Add to’.
Structure and Examples
- Use this structure to explain the ‘how’:
- ‘I noticed that the speaker…’
- ‘The effect that had was…’
- ‘Consider doing this…’
- Avoid whitewash & gushing. Be clear, be bold.
- Give specific examples: “The meeting was poorly controlled” vs “The meeting might have flowed better if Peter had reminded people to keep to the agenda times”.
- If you can, model it.