Receiving an informed speech evaluation is a valuable part of developing public speaking competence.
If you want to go forward, to improve your speech making, you'll realize receiving feedback is vital. How else do you learn what worked and what needed further refinement?
Unfortunately there are few situations outside of specifically designated public
speaking training programs such as part of the high school curriculum or
a specialist course (eg. Toastmasters), where you can get a thorough speech evaluation.
Often the most you can hope for is a generalized "It was OK", "Great", or the dreaded, "Mmm, perhaps we'll give xxx a turn next time" type of comment. Nice or nasty, it doesn't tell you anything useful.
you want informative feedback and you're not in a public speaking club, this page is for
You'll find out how a speech is formally assessed - the aspects/areas focused on, the sliding scale used to rate performance, how to get a meaningful speech evaluation, how to use one to improve your performance and you can download a useful feedback form.
It's simple to use & suitable for:
* students wanting to know more about the assessment criteria for their prepared speeches
* anybody wanting structured feedback on their public speaking.
The form lists all the important elements that collectively make a successful speech alongside a 5 point rating scale. Download it now.
The areas most commonly focused on are:
In a formal speech evaluation, such as one done by a teacher in a high school public speaking class, variations on a sliding scale are used.
The most common is a 5 point scale:
You can see this scale in use on the downloadable public speaking evaluation form available from the link.
The person doing the rating will actively listen and watch the speech evaluating each element.
The final assessment will generally show a range (up and down the scale) over most of the aspects. Therefore a speech can be seen to be 'good' in some areas, 'excellent' in others and perhaps 'fair' in one or two.
If you're not in a public speaking class or a member of an organization like Toastmasters International and the people you work with don't provide criteria-based feedback you have two options.
You've got your evaluation. Now what do you with it?
Go through it with your evaluator. Bear in mind before you do:
Use the ratings as a guide on where to focus your energy. For example, if you're rated well on the delivery items but have fallen on the content, (introduction, body, conclusion), you know that for your next speech you'll spend the bulk of your preparation time organizing your content.
Keep hold of your completed speech evaluation forms. It's great to be able to refer back to them to see how far you've come and it's interesting to compare how different evaluators pick up on different aspects to comment on.
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