Project Evaluation: P7 to P10

Did you know? Project evaluations count towards the completion of your Competent Leader award!

  • Benefits to the evaluator: each evaluation is an opportunity for the role holder to exercise, practise and enhance their listening and critical thinking skills
  • Benefits to the speaker and the audience: the evaluator should strive to educate the audience by explaining why such point was good (use of stories, figures of speech or otherwise)

What makes for a good project evaluation?

As the project evaluator, you should strive to help the speaker through your project evaluation

  1. by listening carefully to the speaker during the speech delivery
  2. by exercising critical thinking – The speaker did this. What if the speaker had done that?
  3. by providing valuable feedback – Avoid run of the mill clichés
  4. by providing tactful feedback – so it stands a better chance of being accepted by the speaker

Project 7: ask yourself…

  • Was the choice of topic appropriate?
    • Too narrative? No opportunity to substantiate?
  • Catch all the supporting material
    • Statistics, testimonials, examples, facts, visual aids
  • Too few variety?
  • Clear and organised? Confusing?

Project 8: ask yourself…

  • Criterion: minimum of 2 visuals aids.
  • Was the choice of topic conducive to using visual aids?
  • Was each visual aid purposefully used during the relevant part(s) of the speech?
  • Was each visual aid visible and purposefully shown?
  • Main show: Speaker. Not the visual aids.
  • Death by PowerPoint? Verbose slides?

Project 8 tips

  • When video is used: its length should be less than one minute (15% or less of speech duration)
  • Use of whiteboard or flip chart: drawing a mind map, highlighting points (the speaker should not show their back to the audience when writing)
  • When slides are projected on a screen: the speaker should not show their back to the audience when presenting slides, nor obstructing the view of the slides

Project 9: ask yourself…

  • What was the speaker attempting to persuade me to do?
  • Was the speaker sincere & convinced?
  • Was the speaker credible?
  • Did the speaker both use logic & emotions?
  • Did the speaker create a need or a problem?
  • Was I persuaded?
  • Did the audience seem persuaded?

Project 9 tips

  • Should include a call to action
  • This call to action should be modulated depending on the audience.

Picture yourself urging either an audience of smokers or an audience of non-smokers audience about the dangers of tobacco consumption.In the former case, the call to action will be direct to the audience. In the latter, the call to action should be urging non-smokers to interact with their smoking relatives, friends or acquaintances.

  • The key difference between a project 9 topic and a project 10 topic: P9 topic will tackle behavior and skills whereas P10 topic should address values and belief, identity and be strong in emotional content.

Project 9 topic could be: use less water. Project 10 topic could be: protect planet Earth

Project 10: ask yourself…

  • What was the speaker attempting to inspire the audience to do?
  • Did the speaker use most of what (s)he learnt in the previous projects?
  • Did the speaker connect with me?
  • Was I more than persuaded?
  • Did I feel uplifted and motivated?
  • Was the audience uplifted and motivated?

Project 10 tips

When you evaluate a project 10 speaker, you cover the span of 9 projects in 1. The speaker should strive to bring people along a dramatised journey that will start from a low point (the lowest the better) and end up on a high note.

Dos and Don’ts of Project Evaluation

  1. DO NOT repeat the speech
    DO cite examples that support the project objectives
  2. DO NOT demonise the content and ideas expressed in the speech. Instead focus on the structure and delivery of the speech
    DO be balanced
  3. DO NOT evaluate “Off the cuff”
    DO be systematic and use some feedback structure like acronyms or the sandwich method

We wish you success in your role as P7 to P10 Project Evaluator!

Project Evaluation: P1 to P6

Did you know? Project evaluations count towards the completion of your Competent Leader award!

  • Benefits to the evaluator: each evaluation is an opportunity for the role holder to exercise, practise and enhance their listening and critical thinking skills
  • Benefits to the speaker and the audience: the evaluator should strive to educate the audience by explaining why such point was good (use of stories, figures of speech or otherwise)

Dos and Don’ts of Project Evaluation

  1. DO NOT repeat the speech
    DO cite examples that support the project objectives
  2. DO NOT be biassed and judgmental – You are not on stage to criticise the ideas of the speaker
    DO be balanced
  3. DO NOT evaluate “Off the cuff”
    DO be systematic and use some feedback structure like acronyms or the sandwich method

What makes for a good speech?

  • A. Structure | Project 2 and Project 3 emphasize the need for a central theme neatly weaved around a title, a structure and a focal point as sharp as a pen’s pointy edge.
  • B. Words | Project 4 highlights the need to use words wisely so as to create a memorable, relatable and repeatable audience experience.
    Carefully chosen words help the audience:

    1. To remember the theme,
      It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. (anaphora)
    2. To help set the mood and create the atmosphere,
      In a dark dark forest there was a dark dark house, in the dark dark house there was a dark dark fireplace (alliterations)
    3. To increase the emotional depth and connection with the audience
      “he was sad” vs. “he was in a sea of grief” (metaphor)
      Seriously funny joke (oxymoron)
  • C. Delivery | All about body language (%) and voice. Both need to be in sync and reinforce each other and the speaker’s message
    • Project 5 | Body language: look for the quality of speaker’s eye-contact with the public, the way the movements of the hands and the body add or subtract to the message
    • Project 6 | Voice Variety: pitch, power, pace and pause (including unwelcome fillers and appropriate use of silence)

We wish you success in your role as P1 to P6 Project Evaluator!

General Evaluation 101

Did you know? General Evaluation counts towards the completion of your Competent Leader award!

Anyone can be a general evaluator. You may take on the role once you are confident and familiar enough with the overall organisation of a Toastmasters Chapter meeting. That can be anytime. It usually happens after project 6. It can be prior to that.

General evaluation: what to look for?

The general evaluator will evaluate the organisation and running of the chapter meeting as a whole so to provide feedback to the club’s Exco Team and the audience about:

  1. The areas that worked well,
  2. The areas that would work better,
  3. And provide suggestions for improvement

The breadth of the general evaluation will cover both:

  • Pre-meeting: reminders, correspondence, agenda setup, communication of directions, logistics, hospitality…
  • During the meeting: hospitality (again), punctuality of each segment, role bearers, procedure and protocols

General evaluation: how to deliver the feedback?

Timothy Lin suggested to follow the CREATE framework:

  • Content: briefly evaluate the opening address, the speakers (look for elements not yet shared by the language evaluators), the table topics
  • Roles: Sergeant-At-Arms (SAA), Toastmaster of the Day (TMD), Table Topics Master (TTM), Ah Counter, special segments
  • Evaluators: Project Evaluators, Language Evaluator
  • Atmosphere: level of energy, mood, setup, attitude of members
  • Timing: timeliness
  • Extras: protocols and extra recommendation

We wish you a successful General Evaluation!

Language Evaluation

Language Evaluation plays an important role in helping all club members improve their grammar and vocabulary. The language evaluator role will challenge your listening abilities. This role is twofold: to introduce new words to members and to comment on the use of English during the course of the meeting.

Here are some pointers to achieve an enriching language evaluation. Continue reading “Language Evaluation”