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1 You Can Evaluate Anyone…No Matter the Speaker’s Level Fashion Critique of the Emperor’s New Clothes Jack Levitt, DTM Or

2 Objective To motivate and enlighten current/ future Evaluators to ensure that to ensure that NO speaker or club suffers the same fate as ‘the Emperor’

3 Emperor #1—The ‘Manual Speaker’ Why do prospective members join? Why do prospective members join? Basic Manual projects - key purpose Basic Manual projects - key purpose Be encouraging; identify strengths Be encouraging; identify strengths In NON-THREATENING, CONSTRUCTIVE manner, offer SPECIFIC feedback In NON-THREATENING, CONSTRUCTIVE manner, offer SPECIFIC feedback May feel like you’re discouraging speaker, but feedback is reason he joined! May feel like you’re discouraging speaker, but feedback is reason he joined! Don’t treat speaker like Emperor... Don’t treat speaker like Emperor...

4 Emperor #2—The Advanced Speaker Advanced Speakers want to specialize Advanced Speakers want to specialize Designation like CTM, et al, does not immunize speaker against feedback Designation like CTM, et al, does not immunize speaker against feedback Focus on specific objectives of each assignment Focus on specific objectives of each assignment Don’t focus on Basic Manual skills unless something is particularly noteworthy Don’t focus on Basic Manual skills unless something is particularly noteworthy Great training for entire audience Great training for entire audience ‘Letters’ after speaker’s name do not qualify him/her to be treated like Emperor ‘Letters’ after speaker’s name do not qualify him/her to be treated like Emperor

5 Emperor #3—The Grammatically Challenged Grammar - key tool in speaker’s arsenal Grammar - key tool in speaker’s arsenal Used correctly and effectively, speaker instills confidence and interest Used correctly and effectively, speaker instills confidence and interest Used incorrectly, even brightest speaker may be viewed less favorably by audience Used incorrectly, even brightest speaker may be viewed less favorably by audience Grammatical gems - as important as misuses Grammatical gems - as important as misuses ESL speakers want to improve their grammar! ESL speakers want to improve their grammar! Not providing a speaker feedback for improvement can put him in as awkward a position as that of the Emperor Not providing a speaker feedback for improvement can put him in as awkward a position as that of the Emperor

6 Emperor #4—The Wizard of Ahs Verbal pauses cause unnecessary distractions Verbal pauses cause unnecessary distractions Ah Counter reports unintelligible utterances Ah Counter reports unintelligible utterances While essentially sole ‘no good news’ report, members NEED this feedback While essentially sole ‘no good news’ report, members NEED this feedback Making speaker “Ahs” conscious -- the only cure Making speaker “Ahs” conscious -- the only cure Our job to ensure kingdom of Toastmasters free of Wizards and poorly dressed Emperors Our job to ensure kingdom of Toastmasters free of Wizards and poorly dressed Emperors

7 Emperor #5—The Club Club meeting -- where first impressions are made Careless attention to details results in meetings perceived as disorganized Improper performance of assigned roles diminishes effectiveness General Evaluator observes/provides feedback on areas that detract from smooth execution of meeting Areas for observation and comment include ( but are not limited to): Condition of meeting space Timing Performance of roles (other than speakers) Emperor needs to be truly well-dressed; many eyes watching and developing impressions

8 Being the Emperor’s Fashion Critic “Feedback is the most valuable gift” (Kera Greene, DTM) “Feedback is the most valuable gift” (Kera Greene, DTM) Be generous…give early.. give often…and always constructively Be generous…give early.. give often…and always constructively Remember WHY members choose Toastmasters for development Remember WHY members choose Toastmasters for development Do your part to help fellow members achieve that goal Do your part to help fellow members achieve that goal Keep in mind what happened to Hans Christian Andersen’s Emperor when he lacked feedback Keep in mind what happened to Hans Christian Andersen’s Emperor when he lacked feedback Be sure no member suffers same fate because you wanted to be ‘NICE’ Be sure no member suffers same fate because you wanted to be ‘NICE’

9 A NICE Evaluator Nothing Inside me Cares Enough

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