Speech Evaluation IV: Inspire
Tue, October 4, 2011 at 12:21
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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:

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

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

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

Speak outside the Club:

Speak outside Toastmasters:

To experiment with your ideas:

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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