Do you feel like analysing a speech is an overwhelming task? Do you feel like there are too many things to focus on? Do not fear! We give you the four pillars of a powerful evaluation. This structure helps you to analyse a speech in a short amount of time. Based on those four pillars Thomas Vervaet from the Ghent Club analysed 8 table topics speakers in a row without a lot of preparation on our specialty meeting about evaluations (22/01/2015).
Is the speech worded form the audience’s viewpoint?
Is the general purpose of the speech clear (inform, persuade, entertain, inspire)?
Is the specific purpose of the speech clear?
Is it easy for you to reformulate the take away idea of the speech?
2. Structure – Organization
Is the speech structured: Opening, body, conclusion?
Does the body consist out of several points and subpoints?
Do those points and subpoints support the message?
Is the conclusion clear?
Are the transitions subtle enough?
A. Body Language
How is the Posture – Stance?
How are the Facial expressions?
How is the use of the stage?
Does the speaker make eye-contact?
B. Vocal Variety
How is the speaking voice (loud and clear, too silent, too loud)?
How is the volume?
How is the rate (too slow, too fast, correct)?
C. Vocal Variety
Use of Pauses?
Is there vocal variety (expressiveness)?
Is the language appropriate?
(not too technical?, not too rude? The speaker has the audience in mind?)
Use of rhetorical devices?
4. Effect on public
Is the speaker nervous/confident or arrogant?
Is the speaker energetic?
What was the reaction from the public?
You can print The four pillars of a powerful evaluation and bring it to the meeting. Nothing will hold you back to give a tremendous evaluation.