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How do I deliver a good speech evaluation?

Many thanks to Spa Speakers founder member Trish Bennett, who has written this expert summary on how to evaluate a speech. Trish is a pro at providing feedback that leaves the speaker encouraged and uplifted whilst also offering valuable pointers towards making their next speech even better. If you have a speech evaluation penciled in, reading this post is highly recommended!

Kind Regards

The Spa Speakers Committee


“An evaluation should be constructive. A bland evaluation that says very little, apart from yes, very nice, gives the speaker no encouragement or satisfaction”
Top Tip from Trish!

  1. The purpose of a speech evaluation is to provide an honest reaction in a constructive manner to a speaker’s presentation.
  2. The evaluator is simply giving their own opinion.
  3. This should mention the presentation’s effect on them, what the speaker did well, areas for improvement, and specific recommendations for improvement.
  4. The evaluation should be thoughtfully prepared and presented. To do this, read the speech project information from the relevant Pathways resource or Competent Communicator manual. Each project has a different purpose and objectives, you need to be familiar with these.
  5. The manual will also give an evaluation guide, and lists specific questions about the speech.
  6. Remember that good evaluations will encourage the speaker, and that poor evaluations will demotivate a speaker, who may not come back.
  7. A good evaluation will begin and end with encouragement or praise.
  8. Your time is limited, so don’t try to cover too much, but do cover organisation, delivery, achievement of objectives, what was really good, and a suggestion for future improvement.

P.S. If you have a general evaluation booked in, have a look at Rachael’s GE tips!

Trish Bennett