The Evaluation Maven Manifesto

Being evaluated can be a positively transformational experience, yet often the feedback one receives feels too light, too polite. As Artful Orators, we are exploring how to offer deeper, thoughtful, insightful, and actionable feedback.

Rodney Denno, a DTM in our sister club in Vancouver (The Advanced Aurators Toastmasters Club 1709), has compiled a 64 page manifesto, that we think is the most comprehensive on-line resource for enlarging ones capacity as an evaluator. Thank you Rodney!

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The Evaluation Maven Manifesto is a no-nonsense look at how you can catapult yourself into being an Evaluation Maven. You can download the e-book, as well as a selection of individual evaluation forms.

Feel the GLOVE

One of our favourite techniques in the Manifesto is the G.L.O.V.E. format. GLOVE is a good example of a technique developed to look specifically at a number of factors that affect speech quality and delivery. Evaluation Mavens use this technique to provide specific feedback regarding the effectiveness of the selected factors on the delivery and impact of the speech.

Here’s how an Evaluation Maven uses the GLOVE technique. On a single piece of paper divide the page into five rows and two columns. The rows represent the ‘Gestures’, ‘Language’, ‘Organization’, ‘Voice’ and ‘Enthusiasm’ features of the speech. The columns represent the ‘Speaker Strengths’ and ‘Suggestions for Improvement’. Here are some examples of what to look for during a GLOVE evaluation:

G. Gestures/Ground
• Were the speaker’s body movements and facial expressions appropriate?
Eye contact?
• 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. Organization
• Were the transitions between introduction, body and conclusion clear and effective?
• 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? Harness any nervous energy?
• Did the speaker project or evoke appropriate emotion? How?


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