An evaluation, based on the project evaluation form provided in the speakers' manual, is given for every prepared speaker during the meeting. The Evaluator completes the form after listening to the speech, then presents an oral evaluation before the club. In addition, the Evaluator gives the Speaker the written evaluation in the project manual. The evaluation includes positive comments about techniques the speaker used well, and helpful suggestions about what the speaker could do better. Good evaluations are essential; it is through evaluations that members are able to improve their speaking skills.
Before the Meeting
- Reviews "Effective Speech Evaluation'" manual included in New Member's Kit.
- Contacts the speaker to find out what manual project the speaker will be completing.
- Asks what goals the speaker hopes to achieve and what skills the speaker hopes to strengthen.
- Find out speech titles, manual projects, speech purpose, time requested and other pertinent information
Upon Arrival at the Meeting
- Gets the speaker's manual.
- Meets with the speaker to confirm speech objectives.
During the Meeting
- Records impressions of speech in the manual along with answers to evaluation form questions.
- Remembers that good evaluations may give new life to discouraged members and poor evaluations may dishearten members who tried their best.
- Provides speaker with specific tips for improving.
- Stands and gives oral evaluation when introduced, beginning and ending the evaluation with positive comments or encouragement (3 minute slot).
- Doesn't read the evaluation notes and doesn't try to cover too much - perhaps two to three points.
- Praises successful speech and specifically tells why it was successful.
- Doesn't allow speaker to remain unaware of a valuable asset e.g. smile, sense of humour or good voice.
- Doesn't allow speaker to remain ignorant to a serious fault of mannerisms; if personal, writes but doesn't mention it aloud.