Like with giving speeches, the quickest way to become an effective evaluator is through feedback. There are three great sources of feedback available to you in every Toastmaster meeting:
- Your Speaker
- The General Evaluator
- Club Members
Your primary source of feedback is always the speaker themselves.
After the meeting, sit down with the speaker and find out how THEY felt about your evaluation:
- Did they agree with your assessment?
- Were you were too harsh or too gentle?
- How useful were your suggestions?
- Did parts of your evaluation make them uncomfortable?
- Did you say something that upset them?
Talk to them and see what suggestions and recommendations they can give you so that you can use that feedback in your next evaluation.
The General Evaluator
Talk to the General Evaluator in advance, tell them about the areas that you want to work on, your personal objectives for the evaluation and ask them to give feedback and recommendations based on this after the meeting.
Ask a club member to evaluate your evaluation.
This can be done either informally with a quick chat after the meeting or in a structured manner by using the projects in the Competent Leadership or one of the many evaluation forms available from Toastmasters International.
The more feedback you get as an evaluator the better you will be able use your evaluations to inspire and motivate your evaluatees to become stronger speakers and presenters.
This post is part of our series of tips to help you become a better evaluator. To learn more about evaluating, check out these posts:
- Plan and Prepare Your Evaluation
- Organise Your Evaluation
- Use Your Evaluation To Inspire
- Crafting an Evaluation that Educates the Whole Audience
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