To become an amazing speaker there is only one thing that you need.
It is through feedback that we grow as speakers because if we don’t know what’s not working then we can’t fix it. The more feedback you get, the better an idea you’ll have of what you need to do to get your message across successfully.
Every time you speak, look for feedback from your audience members. When you practice, find friends or colleagues to watch you practice and get them to give you honest feedback about how you spoke. From them you will learn the parts that were clear or confusing, fascinating or boring, or too short or too long but sometimes the feedback that you get tells you what doesn’t work but doesn’t tell you how to make it better, and that’s where we come in.
At Cogito Toastmasters we love to give feedback. Each time you speak at the club you will be assigned an experienced member who first will watch and listen to your speech and then will show you not only what you did well but more importantly give you tips on how you can make your presentations even better.
Not only that, everyone in the audience also fills in feedback sheets so you get tips and suggestions from 10-15 other people. It is this focus on feedback and improvement that is the secret behind the success of the Toastmasters program.
Come along to our next meeting and see how our evaluations can give you the feedback you need to take your speaking to the next level.
If you are interested in learning more about how evaluations are given in Toastmasters you can read some of our posts on evaluations:
- Plan and Prepare Your Evaluation
- Organise Your Evaluation
- Use Your Evaluation To Inspire
- The Secret to Effective Evaluations
- Crafting an Evaluation that Educates the Whole Audience
- The Secret to Helping a Speaker Grow