Where do I find them fast? The evaluation process in Pathways has changed dramatically from the days when we could just grab our manual, show up at our meeting and only then find out who our evaluator was! In Pathways, our Evaluation Resources forms are unique to the project we are working on. Therefore it is important that we provide these forms, either by sending them to our evaluator ahead of time ideal or at the very least, printing them and bringing them with us to our meeting. I like to do both. But how do we find our forms quickly?
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Evaluations give you the feedback you need to advance your skills. This section shows you how to use the evaluation resources included in the Pathways projects. Toastmasters International founder Ralph C.
They are essential to your Toastmasters experience — they show you what you do well and what you might consider practicing more. Without constructive criticism from others, you may not grow as a communicator or leader. You have likely already witnessed the benefit of evaluations in your club.
A member speaks, receives verbal and written feedback from another Toastmaster, and then uses those comments to improve the next speech. The evaluator benefits from this experience, too. Many members believe serving as the evaluator is the most challenging meeting role to fulfill, which makes the benefits so rewarding.
When you are the evaluator, you learn to listen more attentively, refine your critical thinking abilities and give feedback tactfully. It is your job to consider all of this while delivering an evaluation that is encouraging, thoughtful and motivating. The evaluator gives an honest, constructive reaction to your efforts using the evaluation criteria provided within your project.
Read on to understand the purpose of the criteria before you begin presenting speeches and evaluating others. You will be assigned an evaluator once you have scheduled your first speech. Send this person the evaluation resource for your project assignment or ensure they can access it in advance of the club meeting.
This way, the evaluator can get familiar with what they need to look and listen for during your presentation. Find your evaluation resource toward the end of your project or search for it on Base Camp. Every speech in Pathways has a unique evaluation resource with notes and criteria specific to your assignment.
This information helps the evaluator determine how well you achieved each competency or skill. Just as the evaluator should read the evaluation resource ahead of your speech, you should as well.
Doing so ensures you know exactly what is expected of you during your speech. Before the meeting begins, talk with your evaluator and make sure they have everything they need from you. If you want your evaluator to focus on specific skills during your speech, such as eye contact or vocal variety, communicate this before you give your speech.
At some point after you present your speech, your evaluator will stand up and give a verbal, two- to three-minute evaluation of your presentation. Listen carefully and take notes. You will want to reference this feedback when preparing your next speech. At the end of the meeting, your evaluator will return your evaluation resource. Thank them for their feedback and comments. On the resource, you should see scores and notes indicating what you did well and what you may want to consider working on to improve your next speech.
Read any general comments your evaluator recorded on the first page of the Evaluation Form. Consider how these written notes and their verbal comments may help you better your next speech. Review the scores and comments on the second page of the Evaluation Form. This is where the evaluator rated you on competencies specific to the speech you gave.
To give an objective, honest evaluation, the evaluator used the Evaluation Criteria page to determine and select the score that best corresponds with your skill level on each competency. Evaluation criteria are ranked on a scale of 5 to 1, with 5 being the highest score and 1 the lowest. The table below explains the different ratings. Although you will strive for the highest score possible, it is important to know that a score of 3 is favorable—it means you accomplished that skill.
The objective is not to achieve the high score. It is to learn and demonstrate the skill. Your scores are just that — yours. You and your evaluator are the only people who see them. Use these scores to determine your strengths and areas in which you can improve.
Your scores are important because they help to assess your skills, but keep in mind that a low score does not mean you cannot move on to the next project on your path.
You are free to start the next project no matter which scores you achieve. However, if you receive low ratings on any particular project, you may wish to repeat the project to strengthen your skills before moving forward.
Each level in your path builds on the last level. The more confident you are in your scores and competencies, the more confident you will be in your ability to complete future, more difficult projects.
Finally, as you read through your feedback and scores, it is important to remember a few key points:. What To Expect You will be assigned an evaluator once you have scheduled your first speech. There are three pages: Evaluation Form. The first page gives an overview of the assignment to help the evaluator understand what it is you are trying to accomplish. The evaluator uses the second page to score the skills you demonstrated in the speech.
Evaluation Criteria. This page helps the evaluator determine your score for each competency. The evaluator will use this page side-by-side with the Evaluation Form to easily determine your scores Just as the evaluator should read the evaluation resource ahead of your speech, you should as well.
During The Meeting At some point after you present your speech, your evaluator will stand up and give a verbal, two- to three-minute evaluation of your presentation. Finally, as you read through your feedback and scores, it is important to remember a few key points: Good evaluators always offer suggestions and areas for improvement. Never expect to receive an evaluation that is all praise. Evaluations are based on opinion.
Many members believe effective evaluations are sometimes difficult to give and receive. This is why being the evaluator can be challenging. You will become a better evaluator by observing effective evaluations and by giving more evaluations at club meetings.
Pathways Evaluation Forms
In a nutshell, the Speech Evaluator observes the speeches and offers evaluations of their efforts. Then provide objective verbal and written evaluations for them. Your responsibility is to tell other members what the purpose of the speech is, not what it is about or who the speaker is. Important: Most evaluations, especially during the first speeches, will range between 1 and 2, sometimes 3. Rarely a speaker will get 4, and only the best public speakers will achieve a 5. The scale reflects an understanding that there is always room to grow as a public speaker. To keep things in perspective, here is an example of an accomplished public speaker that will get 4s and 5s on most categories:.
A Quick Guide for the Speech Evaluator
Evaluations are a fundamental part of Toastmasters. We learn and improve by giving and receiving good evaluations. In a verbal evaluation, the evaluator begins with what they did well, makes a few suggestions for improvement, and then concludes their evaluation with what they did very well, followed by a summary. Pathways projects include either one or two speeches that needs to be delivered to complete the project. Following are the evaluation forms for all the Pathways projects.
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Toast of Broadway
Podcast: Play in new window Download. We call them hip pocket speeches. But we need an evaluation form to give to our evaluator. What do we use? The Generic Evaluation Form.