Guest post written by Alex Nuth, Member Waverley Communicators
After being a member of Waverley Communicators for over a year, I have given my first speech evaluation.
I probably waited much longer than many members, but the more speeches I gave at the club, the more I appreciated the value of the evaluation and feedback that I received.
In the last few months I was pleased to realise that many of the points I was writing on my evaluation slips for other members’ speeches, were also mentioned in verbal evaluations by more experienced club members. That gave me the confidence to do my first evaluation.
My first evaluation on 23rd January was for Gopal Lama who was delivering speech 3 from the Competent Communicator (CC) manual. His speech was called Volunteering in Nepal.
I re-read the speech project in the manual to make sure I knew the objectives and I read the Toastmasters Effective Evaluations booklet .
I also thought about Gopal’s previous speeches, and what I had enjoyed about them and previously recommended. I emailed him to ask if he had anything he would especially like me to concentrate on, and I made contact with my mentor to run some thoughts past her.
I felt quite confident and prepared when I arrived at 6.45pm. I divided my sheet of paper into two columns, one for commendations and one for recommendations and sat back to enjoy the meeting.
Then, when Gopal began his speech I realised how hard it is to look, listen and write all at the same time!
The time seemed to pass in a flash and it was time for me to take to the floor; give a 3 minute mini-speech without rehearsal; and remember the Toastmasters ‘sandwich’ of commend, recommend and commend at the same time trying to read my own handwritten notes.
I hope I did OK in conveying my personal opinions on how Gopal’s speech met the objectives.
I hope the audience followed my thinking and that I didn’t speak down into my notes too much.
But most importantly, I hope that Gopal took something positive from my evaluation to carry forward to his next speech.