How to Deliver Effective Speech Evaluations in 3 Minutes

Why do you need to learn to evaluate a speech presentation? As leaders, we often need to provide honest feedback to others so that they can improve. Evaluating others helps us develop analytical skills, empathy and self-awareness. It also helps us, as the evaluator, become better public speakers as well, because we become more aware of our own strengths and shortcomings.

On 19th June, Shirley Childs delivered a valuable workshop on how to effectively evaluate a presentation. We could see people writing notes as she had plenty of good tips.

An easy-to-remember acronym to ensure we evaluate all techniques used in a presentation is G-L-O-V-E-S.

G – Gestures

  • Were the speaker’s body movements and facial expressions appropriate?
  • Did the speaker make eye contact with the audience?
  • How well did the speaker make use of the floor space (stagecraft)?

L – Language

  • Was the language appropriate, vivid, clear and eloquent?
  • Were the words and pauses used effectively?

O – Organisation

  • Were the transitions between introduction, body and conclusion clear and
  • Was the purpose of the speech clear? Was the structure clear and easy to follow?

V – Voice

  • Could everyone in the audience hear the speaker?
  • Was there vocal variety? Change in rate, volume and pitch?

E – Enthusiasm / Emotion / Energy

  • Did the speaker show enthusiasm for the topic?
  • Did the speaker harness any nervous energy?
  • Did the speaker project or evoke appropriate emotion? How?

S – Special

  • Was there an X factor or a WOW factor to blow you off. Leave this till last as it will uplift the audience in a huge way and put everyone in a positve mood.

Shirley has kindly shared her framework which she and many experienced evaluators and public speakers use. You can download the accompanying notes for her workshop,

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