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Speech Evaluator - Roles and Responsibilities


Per the definition of the role by Toastmasters International:  In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. You observe the speeches and leadership roles of your fellow club members and offer evaluations of their efforts, and they do the same for you. As evaluator, you:


  • Provide verbal and written evaluations for speakers using the Effective Evaluation manual.

  • Ask those you've been assigned to evaluate what they will present and what they wish to achieve.

  • Answer evaluation questions in the manual as objectively as possible.

  • When giving any evaluation, offer praise as well as constructive criticism.

Bring the following to the meeting:



Before the meeting:


  • Develop clear understanding of the objectives of the project that you are evaluating.

  • Understand if the speaker has any personal objectives and seek if they are looking for you to focus more on any specific areas from evaluation point of view.

  • Get the Project Manual from the Speaker so that written evaluation can be recorded.

  • Various evaluation techniques and associated templates to record the observations are available at the Evaluation Maven Manifesto Project Website.

During the meeting:


  • Listen closely and take notes on various aspects of speech from content, delivery and language point of view.

    • Speech Development : Opening, Build-Up, Climax, Organization, Smoothness => Content

    • Speech Techniques : Effective Use of Exaggeration, Irony, Pun, Surprise Twists, Humor, Slapstick, Etc. => Delivery

    • Physical : Appearance, Body Language => Delivery

    • Voice : Flexibility, Volume => Delivery

    • Appropriateness : To Speech Purpose And Audience, Good Grammar, Pronunciation And Word Selection => Language

  • According to judging approach, content carries 30% weight, delivery 55% and language 15%.

  • Evaluation Techniques

    • Once the speech is completed, based on the notes start preparing your evaluation.

    • Use appropriate evaluation techniques to deliver the feedback such as Sandwich (Positive, Improvement, Positive), COD (Content, Organization, Delivery), GIFT (Good, Inform, Fine-Tune, Thank) approaches to share your feedback.

    • Make sure that the evaluation is completed within the allocated time on agenda.  Typically it is 2 (Green) - 2:30 (Yellow) - 3 (Red) minutes in our club.  You will have 30 seconds grace period before and after the minimum and maximum allowed time.

  • Some useful documents that can be referred in preparation for the role are:

  • Complete the written evaluation in the project manual and hand it over to the speaker by end of the meeting.

Note: If there are any edits, share your inputs to VP of Education.

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