Where Can Your Daydreams Take You? Find Out This Tuesday

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It’s summer, a time when anything seems possible and you daydream about the changes you can make to your life. Join us this Tuesday as our Toastmaster Selina explores the theme of “Daydreams”, we’ve got speeches from Victor and Miguel as well as an educational about Mentoring from Michelle.

See you on Tuesday!

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 27th June

Where: The Lantern Centre, 15 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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6 Bad Habits to Avoid when Delivering an Evaluation

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To be a great speech evaluator one of the most important lessons to learn is  how not to evaluate. In this post I’m going to share six common habits to watch out for and avoid doing.

Being Too Thorough

It’s natural to want to talk about every success point and area for improvement when you give your evaluation so that you give the best feedback to the speaker but you only have 2-3 minutes so there simply isn’t enough time, choose the key points and save the rest for after the meeting when you follow up with the speaker.

Whitewashing

Whitewashing is when you spend the whole evaluation praising the speaker, listing all the many ways that the speaker is wonderfu. This is very supportive but it’s not genuine, nobody is that good, every speech can be improved. Talking only about positives without any recommendations will not help a speaker improve and grow. Give a sincere, balanced evaluation and show the speaker how they can become evem better.

Regurgitation

One common mistake is when an evaluator gives a summary of the speaker’s speech as part of their evaluation. This isnt very helpful, firstly the audience has already heard the speech so they don’t need to be reminded of what was said and secondly you only have 2-3 minutes for your evaluation and giving a summary takes up precious time.  You can refer to phrases or sections of the speech  in your evaluation but do it to illustrate your points, there’s no need to retell the speech.

Should

Should is a strong word, it’s an instruction, it’s tells people what to do. When you give an evaluation you make suggestions, and then the speaker decides if which suggestions they want to use so don’t tell people what they “should” do, instead suggest what they “could” do.

But

Another dangerous word is “but” in your evaluations, it can have the effect of negating all the positive language you use and focussing the speaker’s and audiences attention on a negative aspect of the speech, for example saying “Jack had amazing body language BUT…” means that even Jack’s amazing body language isn’t important, isn’t worth celebrating it’s part of a problem and in Toastmasters we don’t talk about problems we talk about areas to improve.

Cliches

Sometimes we fall into using the same set of phrases when we give an evaluation and it can sound a bit impersonal and insincere so instead of using clichés that everybody uses like “Overall it was a great speech and I look forward to your next one” make every evaluation special for your speaker, personalise your language and phrases just for them.

 

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:

 

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Take a Break and Have a Speaking Adventure This Tuesday

Symphony of Love (33601607396_74aef920f4_b)While most of the other Toastmaster clubs in Dublin are closing down for the summer, we’re getting ready for a summer filled with exciting meetings and it all kicks off with this Tuesday’s meeting which is ironically themed “Holidays”.

Guiding us through the meeting will be our Toastmaster, Michael and he will  be joined by 3 speakers (Karl, Victor and Fionntan) some excellent evaluators and Eimear will be running our regular impromptu speaking session.

Come along and join the fun! See you Tuesday!

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 13th June

Where: The Lantern Centre, 15 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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Change the World this Tuesday at Cogito

Symphony Of Love (13709658333_5e73e2bab8_z)This Tuesday, our Toastmaster, Brian, has chosen the theme to end all themes, Seismic Historical Events! Join us as he explores some of the major world changing events that contributed to the world we live in. We’ll have speeches from John and guest speaker, Carmen, and Karl will be creating some seismically challenging table topics questions…

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 23rd May

Where: The Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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Celebrate Art and Invention at Our Next Meeting

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This Tuesday our theme will be “Art Meets Science” and we will be celebrating the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci. John will be our toastmaster for the evening, Victor will be delivering an inspirational speech, Dermot will showing us how to structure and deliver feedback and evaluations, and Derville will challenging our impromptu speaking skills with a range of table topics.

See you there!

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 9th May

Where: The Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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What Do You Stand For?

Symphony of Love (32328009816_ecfdb0964e_c)Join us this Tuesday for another meeting filled with laughter and learning. Our theme will be “What Do You Stand For?” and we will share the the social issues that we are passionate about. Derville will be our Toastmaster, Brian will be sharing some tantalising table topcs and we’ll have speeches from Eimear, Miguel and Selina.

See you there!

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 25th April

Where: The Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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Next Meeting: International Speech Contest – Round 2

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Next Tuesday Cogito will be hosting the second round of this year’s Toastmasters’ International Speech and Evaluation Contest and the best speakers and evaluators from Cogito, Uncensored Speakers and Vox Populi Toastmasters will be battling it out for a place in the next round.So if you want to see 6 inspirational speeches, 6 insightful evaluations  and meet some of the best speakers in Dublin then come along on Tuesday evening  and join the fun! 

See you there!

When: 7pm, Tuesday 11th April

Where: The Lantern Centre, 15 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here