Why We Do It – or Should

Mention a Speech’s Goals When Introducing a Speaker

The Toastmasters’ educational system works by learning how, trying it, evaluation – and repeating. Members provide advice and observations about a speaker’s performance in short critiques. Many manual speeches have specific goals that the speaker wants to demonstrate. Those goals are much easier to address if they are mentioned by the Evaluator during the introduction.

Then, the goals are addressed during the evaluation, especially if they haven’t been met. This is an uncomfortable task at best and it can seem disparaging. Starting with the speech goals, then addressing those the speaker met and those he didn’t replaces much of the discomfort with professionalism.

The evaluations should be briefly evaluated by the General Evaluator; and she should be sure to mention the inclusion of the goals in the introduction and in the evaluation itself. Even more importantly, their absence should be noted. How will Evaluators know what to improve if they don’t know what they did poorly?

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