Evaluating Yourself as a Speaker: Goals & Methods

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  • 0:42 Specific and Measurable Goals
  • 2:04 Self-Inventory
  • 2:38 Outside Speech Evaluation
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Instructor: Kat Kadian-Baumeyer

Kat has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management and teaches Business courses.

The last word of a speech does not completely end it for the speaker. A speaker must take time to evaluate a speech to determine whether the expected goals were accomplished. This lesson will explore several methods to evaluate yourself as a speaker.

Speech Evaluation

You wouldn't pay for your new haircut without looking in the mirror first, would you? Well, the same rule applies for a speech. When a speaker gives a speech, it is important to evaluate afterwards. This involves using several methods to determine whether the speech was effective.

I know what you are thinking. Once it's over, it's over, and there is no turning back. Well, in the moment, you may be correct. However, by evaluating your speech, you may learn a few things about your content, delivery or even your body language, which could help you in the future.

Just how does a speaker evaluate his speech? Let's see.

Specific and Measurable Goals

Obviously, the goal of a speech is to deliver information to the audience. But just how does the speaker know the audience actually got it? Moving back in time, when the speaker sets out to write his speech, he first sets specific and measurable goals. A specific goal is the detailed projected outcome of the speech.

To make it real, when Professor Bickstein sat down at his desk to write a speech for a group of curious chemistry students, he knew the speech had to have an end result. In other words, he needed to set a goal. Perhaps it would be that students would have a solid understanding of the major differences between baking soda and baking powder.

Now, once Bickstein delivers his speech, how will he know whether students really understand the nuances of both baking soda and baking powder? That's where measurable goals come into play. Measurable goals are goals that can be assessed to determine effectiveness.

Bickstein can call a couple of students to the stage to project the outcome of tests using both compounds. That would give him a good idea of whether the audience actually understood the difference: baking soda fizzes, while baking powder does not. If Bickstein doesn't want to actually test his own hypothesis, he can also take a good look at himself giving the speech.

Self-Inventory

Well, the ole' science scholar could always critique himself by performing a self-inventory. It's pretty simple, too.

Check out a few self-inventory questions:

  • Did you feel satisfied with the speech?
  • Do you think the main points were well received?
  • How confident were you? Did you have the jitters?
  • How did the audience react to the speech?
  • Did you stutter?
  • Was your timing on point?

By asking yourself these questions immediately after you present, you will have insight into the overall success of the speech.

Outside Speech Evaluation

Evaluating yourself is not the only way to conduct an evaluation; you can also use your audience. An outside speech evaluation works almost the same way as self-inventory does, but it is done by others. An evaluation form is given to the audience. The evaluation sheet contains questions about different parts of the speech. Their responses are gathered and compiled for the speaker to use to sharpen his skills.

Here's a rundown of what the audience may be asked:

The introduction:

  • Was the purpose of the speech clear?
  • Was there a main point?

In the body of the speech:

  • Was a sub-topic presented?
  • Was there enough support for the sub-topic?
  • Did the body flow smoothly?

In the conclusion:

  • Was the speech something people will remember?
  • Did the speaker create enough excitement or a call to action?
  • Did the conclusion contain new information?

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