The General Evaluator Creates Great Meetings

What’s a general evaluator?  What do they do?  Why should you take on the role?

As I was chatting with my protege Joy today about tomorrow’s meeting, she told me that it took her 3 weeks to figure out how to spell our club’s name.

Yeah, Cuyahoga is not the easiest word to spell or even guess at the spelling of.  Since it’s most prominently known as an environmental disaster site in the 1950s and 60s, I never thought she’d have a hard time with it – but our burning river has apparently lived down its reputation.

You see, I have a blind spot.  I’ve pretty much lived in this part of Ohio all of my life.  I don’t notice that Cuyahoga – spelled C U Y A H O G A – is a complicated word to spell.   So Joy, who lives about 800 miles from us, has no idea how to find us online.

That’s what a good general evaluator does for the club meetings.  They help us look at the blind spots that club might miss.  Today on the podcast, we take a look at the master of the Toastmasters secret sauce of success:  the role of general evaluator. Continue reading “The General Evaluator Creates Great Meetings”

Toastmasters Speech Project FAIL

If you’ve been in Toastmasters very long, you’ve probably seen the Toastmasters speech project that went wrong.  So wrong.  Cringe-worthy bad.  The speech that makes you look at the cobweb in the corner of the room and try to avoid eye-contact with the speaker.

Yeah, that speech.

Here’s a small consolation:  we’ve all done it.  So what do we do about it?

On today’s episode of Toastmasters 101, we go back to the beginning and talk about the speech that failed from the points of view of the speaker, the evaluator, and the vice president of education.

INTRO

Are you looking for a way to share your message with the world – but need help to develop those public speaking skills?  Then Toastmasters is what you’re looking for.  Our proven program will help you overcome fear of public speaking and teach you how to write a compelling and interesting speech.  This is Toastmasters 101.  I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

When your Toastmasters Speech Project goes wrong, what happened?

There are several reasons a speech project goes wrong.  Continue reading “Toastmasters Speech Project FAIL”

Get Ready for Online Toastmasters Meetings

After spending time on Pathways, taking the quizzes, reading the material, I created a presentation and practiced, so I’m ready for my online Toastmasters meetings, right?

Not yet.  There are a couple of extra steps that we need to take now that we’re having online Toastmasters meetings that were easier in person.  Today on the podcast, we’ll review the steps you need to take to be ready for your next presentation at your online Toastmasters meetings.

INTRO

Do you want to improve your public speaking and presentation skills?  Then Toastmasters is here for you – we’ll help you develop the skills you need in a safe and fun environment.  This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

The Value of Preparation

I have this friend, a former Toastmaster, who has this rule:  prior proper planning prevents problems.  He also believes that arriving on time is late and less is not more – intense guy.  But he is right, even if the sentiment is pretty much the exact opposite of my style.  Coasting in right on time, for me, is a personal victory.  Getting someplace early – that’s just nuts to me.

But yeah, he does have a point.  Preparation for a meeting does make it go easier for you, if not for everyone else. Continue reading “Get Ready for Online Toastmasters Meetings”

Evaluating Online Speeches in Toastmasters

Evaluating online speeches:  how do we Toastmasters do it?

Getting a new computer.

For some people it’s exciting. It’s wonderful. A clean slate with speed and power.  Maybe now I can fill out evaluations on my computer and send them back to people?

Moving to a new computer for me isn’t really traumatic, but it is not a task I want to face. In fact, I’ve been putting it off for months. I had the new desktop sitting in its box right beside me but… until the last gasp of the old desktop warned me that I had to move now, I didn’t wanna.  There are the 10 bazillion miles of black cables…

A new computer opens up new opportunities for me.  Moving Toastmasters meetings online opens up new opportunities for all of us, such as evaluating online speeches.

INTRO

Are you ready to improve your public speaking and leadership skills?  Then you are ready for Toastmasters.  We’re an international organization that teaches these skills in a safe and fun environment.  Welcome to Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Fillable PDFs

Evaluations are the one problem I have with having our clubs online.

Evaluations are the key component of Toastmasters. You can get public speaking training in a lot of places – most of them for a lot more money – but getting immediate feedback is where real growth is made. Continue reading “Evaluating Online Speeches in Toastmasters”

Evaluation Page Three Pledge

How seriously do you take your role as evaluator? How often do you think about Evaluation Page Three?

Recently, we had what’s called a round robin evaluation session for an advanced Toastmaster.  Everyone has a chance to add a comment to the evaluation, which takes a lot of time, which is why we don’t use them very often in the regular clubs – but these are so incredibly valuable because you’ll hear a wide range of comments.

For example, last week.

My friend gave the first 10 minutes of a seminar she was giving in 3 days.  She started with a picture of her family when she was a child and told us a story about being forced to take summer school math because her older brother was failing.  It was all very… nice.  A bit sad and had a strong under-text of how heartless her father was – which was not true.  But she couldn’t hear it.

If she depended on only one evaluation – the person who gave her the verbal evaluation – she’d never hear what she heard from me.

“Your opening sucks.” Continue reading “Evaluation Page Three Pledge”

Pathways Generic Evaluation Forms

We call them hip pocket speeches.  When we get to a meeting and there’s a slot for a speaker – we’ll grab it to give a hip pocket speech.  But we need an evaluation form to give to our evaluator.  What do we use?  The Generic Evaluation Form.

Continue reading “Pathways Generic Evaluation Forms”

Pathways Evaluations

I’ve said for a while that the evaluations you receive and give at a Toastmasters meeting are Toastmasters’ secret sauce.  Immediate feedback has always been recognized as the best way to learn. That reinforcement of your good skills and a look at what could be done to improve make you better faster than everything else.

The evaluation has 2 parts.  The verbal evaluation is the speech that’s given during the club meeting.  The written evaluation is a form you’ll download from the Pathways website for the evaluator to take notes on and return to you after the meeting.

As the speaker, you need to provide the evaluation form from the project.  On the surface, this evaluation form looks fairly standardized.  They are.  There aren’t significant changes from one project evaluation form to another.  What is different? Continue reading “Pathways Evaluations”