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How to Offer Feedback | Effective Evaluation

How to Offer Feedback Video

Constructive feedback in a Toastmasters meeting contributes to continued skill development, building the confidence a person needs to reach his or her goals. Learn how to critique the performance, not the person.

Tips and Techniques for Effective Evaluation by Toastmasters International
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In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is the heart of the Toastmasters
educational program. You observe the speeches of your fellow club members and offer evaluations of their speeches, and they do the same for you. If you want to improve your speaking skills, you must learn how to give and receive helpful evaluations.

Click here to download the Effective Evaluation Manual published by Toastmasters International.

Evaluating Speeches Tactfully

Check out the article Evaluating Speeches Tactfully.  It is a very good article about how to do evaluation effectively.   Here is the introduction of the article.

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Evaluation is a systematic determination of a subject’s merit, worth and significance, using criteria governed by a set of standards. Source: Wikipedia.com

What Is Tact?

Tact is the ability to tell the truth in a way that considers other people’s feelings and reactions.

  • It allows you to give difficult feedback, communicate sensitive information, and say the right thing to preserve a relationship.
  • Emotional intelligence, respect, discretion, self-awareness, thoughtfulness, compassion, subtlety, honesty, diplomacy, and courtesy.

Introduction — Evaluation

    • Feedback is called evaluation
    • Heart of the Toastmasters educational program
    • Learn how to give and receive helpful evaluations
    • You have listened to and observed others and their work and offered feedback
    • You evaluate in some manner every day, at home, at the office, and in the community.
    • People join Toastmasters clubs to improve their speaking and leadership skills, and these skills are improved through evaluations.
    • Members prepare and present speeches based on Pathways
    • Their fellow club members evaluate the speeches or leadership efforts, enabling the members to develop their speaking or leadership skills.
    • The tone and content of an evaluation have great impact on the speaker and even on the club.
    • A harsh evaluation may cause a member to leave the club.
    • An overly kind evaluation may not help the member to improve, making the member frustrated and unhappy.
    • Good evaluators strive to find a balance between the extremes, giving evaluations that are helpful and encouraging.
    • Although most of the time you will be evaluating others in the club, the skills you learn can be applied in all aspects of your life. You will become a better listener and a more critical thinker…”
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Toastmasters – Giving An Evaluation That’s Worth A Darn

How to Give a Great Speech Evaluation in Toastmasters

Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speaking skills. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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90 Public Speaking Tips from Toastmasters International

Looking for some quick tips for public speaking? Here is the extract of 90 Public Speaking Tips from Toastmasters International:

1. Know your material.
2. Make it personal.
3. Practice makes permanent.
4. Time yourself.
5. Pace yourself.
6. Arrive early.
7. Relax.
8. Visualize your success.
9. Trust your audience.
10. Don’t apologize.
11. Use humor when things go wrong.
12. Gain experience.
13. Eliminate filler words.
14. Ditch distracting mannerisms.
15. Keep your notes in check.
16. Test your volume.
17. Enter contests.
18. Enjoy yourself.
19. Use visuals.
20. Embrace your unique style.
21. Fuel your mental engine.
22. Burn off anxiety.
23. Be prepared for the worst.
24. Pause.
25. Ask a thought-provoking question.
26. Share a startling fact.
27. Don’t overload your slides.
28. Repeat the audience’s questions.
29. Give your audience an immediate action item.
30. Push the envelope.
31. Seek opportunities everywhere.
32. Be specific.
33. Be the expert.
34. Speak to groups as individuals.
35. Learn about your personal leadership style.
36. Find your strengths.
37. Be passionate.
38. Have a positive attitude.
39. Practice impromptu speaking.
40. Encourage honest evaluation.
41. Use quotes, stories and anecdotes.
42. Use “you” and “we”.
43. Don’t take things personally.
44. Trust your instincts.
45. Distinguish your goals and targets.
46. Learn from your mistakes.
47. Know when to lose your script.
48. Know the dress code.
49. Use slang with caution.
50. Breathe out.

YMCA, Santa Ana, California, home of the first Toastmasters Club

YMCA, Santa Ana, California, home of the first Toastmasters Club

51. Be patient.
52. Treat your speech like fine dining.
53. Start your career off on the right note.
54. Own your worth.
55. When you disagree with someone, rebut their ideas, not them.
56. Stand. Settle. Smile.
57. Speak your needs.
58. Get rest.
59. Avoid negative topics.
60. Smile and introduce yourself.
61. Practice eye contact.
62. Limit caffeine.
63. Don’t hide from your audience.
64. Use color.
65. Don’t alienate your audience.
66. Know your audience.
67. Avoid speaking in monotone.
68. Free your hands.
69. Be succinct.
70. Be open to evaluation.
71. Give evaluations.
72. Use blue note cards.
73. Join the online conversation.
74. Share the wealth.
75. Start your journey.
76. Accept accolades.
77. Step up.
78. Chat with ease.
79. Manage your time.
80. Make them laugh.
81. Speak your case.
82. Keep the peace.
83. PREP (Point, Reason, Example, Point).
84. Give a top-notch toast.
85. Tap into the past.
86. Use common language.
87. Don’t get lost in translation.
88. Take jokes for a test drive.
89. Use people’s names.
90. Keep a journal.

Since 1924 Toastmasters International has helped more than four million people gain the confidence to communicate.  Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speaking skills. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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