A large part of the value of Toastmasters comes from getting immediate feedback on your speeches and presentations. This is a peer-to-peer model for education and self improvement, where members work hard at learning how to teach what they have learned in the program.
Giving good evaluations is an art of its own, and Club Awesome is lucky to have as one of its members Dorrette Keen. Just this past weekend, Dorrette won an evaluations contest at an area event where our members were competing against representatives of four other clubs.
To give a great evaluation, you first need a speech to evaluate. Jay Jawitz came to the contest not as a competitor but to give the “test speech” for the evaluators to evaluate. As a benefit of playing this role, he got to hear a variety of perspectives on a single speech. “I got a lot out of my evaluations,” he says. “I learned that I could have strengthened my beginning and conclusion. I realize that I could prepare my speeches in the future a lot better.” By reviewing the video, he also got a chance to evaluate himself, finding more things he wanted to improve.
Dorrette and Jay both gave permission to share the video of their performances, so you can understand the kind of feedback you can expect in Toastmasters. The ideal is to give just the right mix of positive feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Jay’s speech was about learning to let go of the unnecessary “drama” in life.
Here is Dorrette’s evaluation.
Dorrette will be going on to the next level of competition, and if she wins again will represent our club at the level of the district (South Florida and The Bahamas). Most importantly, she gives quality evaluations on a weekly basis to new members and experienced ones at Club Awesome. We’re all better for it.
These videos are from our January 11 speech contest. David Carr and Michael Dill placed first and second, and they will represent the club at the upcoming area contest, Feb. 2 at the Northwest Regional Library.
The best thing about this contest is everyone demonstrated growth and improvement, in keeping with the awesomeness of our club.
Club Awesome Toastmasters continued to prove its awesomeness this summer with a strong showing at the Area Contest, where top speakers from our club picked up 3 out of 4 possible first and second place awards in the competitions for humorous speech and evaluation.
Bruce Goldfarb won first place for humorous speech with “My Plants, My Friends” and David Carr won second place in that contest for “Mr. Bunyan Goes to Washington.” You can see a rehearsal version of each of their speeches in these videos.
Lois Margolin won first place in the evaluation contest, where Toastmasters compete to give the best evaluation of the same test speech. Because an evaluation is also a sort of speech, the challenge is to prepare a well-organized short speech very quickly.
Congratulations to the winners in the Club Awesome Toastmasters speech contest and thank you to everyone who participated as a contestant or speaker.
Mike Caserta won in Table Topics with his response to the prompt “What is your best quality as a human being?” (turned out to be his sense of humor).
Matthew Cooper won with his International Speech Contest entry, “Have you fad enough?”
I enjoyed every one of the speeches. Thank you to everyone who volunteered for a role or participated as a judge. I know this is a busy time of the year, and I appreciate that you fit this into your schedule.
We have a full roster for our next meeting, Dec. 16. Frank will be presenting an audience participation program from the manual on facilitating discussion, so please support him by being part of that. We will also have table topics.
We will not meet on Dec. 23, but will be back on the 30th with three speakers already signed up. Please help fill out the rest of the roles if you will be able to attend on the 30th.
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