Coaching Tips

1. Take notes from the beginning

2. Opening

a. Did the speaker use proper protocol to address the audience? (Toastmaster of the Day, President, Other Dignitaries who might be present), Fellow Toastmasters, Guests)
b. Did the speaker use a "hook" to engage the attention of the audience?

3. Appearance

a. Posture, confidence, appropriate dress?
b. Body language and gestures?
c. Good eye contact?

4. Organization

a. Introduction, body of speech, conclusion
b. Was the purpose of the speech clear?

5. Voice projection

a. Could everyone in the audience hear the speaker?
b. Vocal variety?

6. "Sandwich approach"

a. Start with something positive
b. Suggestions for improvement (minimize)
c. End with something positive

7. Overall Points:

a. Direct your evaluation speech to the audience, with occasional direct references to the speaker. Example, "He or she spoke with enthusiasm" instead of, "You spoke with
b. Focus on the positive; minimize the number of suggestions for improvement.
c. Make it clear that your evaluation is your perception of the speech, rather than a general statement of right or wrong. Example: "I was confused about..." or, "It was not clear to me ..." or, "My reaction was..." (rather than "You were not clear").
d. Minimize or avoid restating (summarizing) the speech.
e. Minimize or avoid telling your own story about the topic.

8. Study the "Effective Speech Evaluation" manual from Toastmasters Intl.

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