Speech Evaluation Guide

State your role: 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 gunuine

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


  • Retell or rehash the speech
  • It’s not about you  > don’t add to conversation
  • Critique not whitewash

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

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