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!
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- The purpose of a speech evaluation is to provide an honest reaction in a constructive manner to a speaker’s presentation.
- The evaluator is simply giving their own opinion.
- This should mention the presentation’s effect on them, what the speaker did well, areas for improvement, and specific recommendations for improvement.
- 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.
- The manual will also give an evaluation guide, and lists specific questions about the speech.
- Remember that good evaluations will encourage the speaker, and that poor evaluations will demotivate a speaker, who may not come back.
- A good evaluation will begin and end with encouragement or praise.
- 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!
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