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Speech Evaluation IV: Inspire

The general structure for speech evaluations at the Message Masters Toastmasters Club is:

  1. Rapport
  2. Feedback
  3. Inspire

The first article in the series presented an overview of the speech evaluation structure. The next was on creating and maintaining rapport with the speaker. The third article presented details on giving specific, positive, helpful feedback. This article presents details on how to Inspire a speaker to learn and speak again.

Your evaluation began in rapport and you provided feedback (analysis and ideas). The speaker should already feel inspired because they can intuit a future of excellence in public speaking. We still want to ensure they are inspired to:

  • speak again at the Club
  • experiment with your ideas
  • speak outside the Club
  • speak outside Toastmasters
  • experiment with your ideas

In one sentence, summarize the 2-3 greatest strengths and the overall effect they had on you.

  • "Your Problem/Solution structure, sequence from highest to lowest priority, and word selection made your presentation VERY clear for me."

In one sentence, restate the idea or summarize the ideas that will create the most desireable effect for you.

  • "Meet us with your kind eyes and that will tend to keep me connected with you even more."

To speak again at the Club, act as if it is a certainty, not if, but when.. and soon:

  • "in your next speech"
  • "in a future speech"
  • look around the room, smile, open arms, and ask the group "Were you [e.g. entertained]? Would you like to hear more [e.g. entertaining speeches, speeches about X] from [Name]?"
  • make a joke - e.g., "That speech was so good, for your next speech, we will double your pay!"

Speak outside the Club:

  • "This speech would be valuable for others"
  • "Consider taking it to other clubs"
  • "Consider doing a series here at the Club and rolling it into a workshop at the Toastmasters Leadership Institute or a District Conference"
  • "This speech might do well in the speech contest"

Speak outside Toastmasters:

  • "This speech would be valuable for others"
  • "Consider presenting it at [group]"
  • "This speech could grow into  your signature speech if you wanted to become a professional speaker"

To experiment with your ideas:

  • "Keep playing around with [idea]"
  • "Continue expanding your range of [e.g., body movement, facial expression, voice, props]"
  • "Try [idea] and see how it goes"
  • "Get other feedback and decide what you'd like to do with this speech"
  • "Let's get together after the meeting and work on it"

A pretty good measure of how your evaluation was received is the questions it incites after the meeting.  It's cool when the speaker wants to continue the discussion. It's really cool when several members walk together to continue the same discussion.  It's magnificent when the speaker experiments with changes in their very next speech.  It's satisfying when those changes are for life...

This is the last article in the 4-part series on evaluating speeches. We hope this information gave you a more complete perspective on how exactly you could get into rapport, and give feedback that inspires lifelong learning toward excellence in public speaking.

Craig Senior

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