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Choosing the right words when evaluating

Choosing the right words when evaluating
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To evaluate a speech well is a challenging endeavour. First, you’ve got to carefully listen to the content and observe the performance of the speech, looking out for strengths as well as opportunities for improvement. Second, you’ve got to prioritise…

Is it time you became a mentor?

Is it time you became a mentor?
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If you’ve been with the club for a while (say 6 months or more) you’ve probably acquired enough knowledge and experience to support a new member in taking those scary first steps getting acquainted with the club. Spa Speakers continues…

The enormous power of a well timed nudge

The enormous power of a well timed nudge
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“I’ll do it later” “I’ll do it next week” “I haven’t got time” “I don’t feel like it right now” Such innocent words. Such deadly words! Sometimes self-talk like this does reflects reality; there is a genuine lack of time.…

Some thoughts on how to deliver an excellent evaluation

Some thoughts on how to deliver an excellent evaluation
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Former President and Social Secretary at Spa Speakers
I sought out Spa Speakers because I work with some very good public speakers and I was inspired to improve my own communication skills. But I didn’t realise just how much I would benefit. My confidence to stand up and speak in front of others has grown massively and this has been noticed by my work colleagues. By taking part in a number of roles in the club I believe I’ve become a better leader and facilitator.
Fiona Clayton
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Evaluation is the feedback we give to each other in Toastmasters.  A well-structured and appropriately delivered evaluation lets us know what we did well and what we could improve on. In the context of Toastmasters we may be called upon…

Evaluate to Motivate – why effective speech evaluation is so important

Evaluate to Motivate – why effective speech evaluation is so important
Member at Spa Speakers
I first heard of Toastmasters many years ago in my last year at Teacher’s College in New Zealand. I went along to my first meeting that week and was immediately hooked! When I came to live in England, one of the first things I did was to check out online where the closest club would be. I was excited to discover Spa Speakers. I really enjoy preparing for speeches and roles, and always feel really positively charged at the end of each meeting!
Rachael Siggers

Evaluating a speaker can be daunting, but following a structured set of guidelines can make it less so, lead to more effective evaluations and result in greater growth, for both individual members and the club as a whole. This article…

How to make the Toastmaster, General Evaluator and Topics Master smile!

How to make the Toastmaster, General Evaluator and Topics Master smile!
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When we make progress and get better at something, it is inherently motivating. In order for people to make progress, they have to get feedback and information on how they’re doing. – Dan Pink Good advice! And at Spa Speakers…

What is the role of the grammarian?

What is the role of the grammarian?
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Novelist, script writer and member at Spa Speakers
Harriet is a debut novelist with a background in history of art and gender studies. As a script writer, she’s had work performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as independent venues around London. While studying at Faber Academy, Harriet threw herself into her first novel and hasn’t looked back since. We are very lucky to have her as our Vice President of Education.
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The grammarian plays a small but important role in the meeting, encouraging everyone to select the words that best serve their message. Although some people might be intimidated by this role and its discussion of grammar, all that’s needed is…

Division E contest update: how did Fiona do?

Division E contest update: how did Fiona do?
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Huge congratulations to Fiona who delivered, in typically brilliant fashion, a top class evaluation at the Division E finals in Durham on 21st April. How did Fiona do? Alas, there were disqualifications due to some of the speeches overrunning and…

The power of the post-it!

The power of the post-it!
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I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you…