The role of speech evaluator is to provide feedback to a speaker in an honest, constructive way.

Before the speech, find out:
What the presentation is about,
What manual speech the speaker is doing,
What the speech objectives are,
What other personal objectives the speaker may have.

Ten tips for Effective Evaluation:
1  Learn the speakers objectives
2  Listen actively
3  Show that you care
4  Suit your evaluation to the speaker
5  Personalise your body language
6  Show the speaker how to improve
7  Give positive reinforcement
8  Help the speaker stay motivated
9  Evaluate the speech, not the person
10  Nourish self-esteem and be genuine

Evaluations should be Positive, Constructive and Informative:
COMMEND – what was good, why it was good
RECOMMEND – what was ineffective, why & demonstrate how to improve
COMMEND – what was good, why it was good
* Do not retell or rehash the speech
* It’s not about you  > don’t add to conversation
* Critique not whitewash the speech

The Three types of Evaluations:
WRITTEN – based on speech objectives
VERBAL – less comprehensive; more motivational
OneToOne – after the meeting
– clarify any questions the speaker may have
– discuss any sensitive points
– speaker can give feedback on the evaluation

– Revised July 2014