One of the reasons Toastmasters is a great organization to harness and improve public speaking skills, is because of the feedback that our members receive. The ability to give and receive constructive feedback is at the very core of what makes the toastmaster program such a successful one.
The Evaluation Contest provides growth for participants and guests alike. Speakers benefit from proper evaluations by receiving immediate feedback, methods for improvement and receiving reassurance that builds and maintains self esteem. Evaluators benefit when they practice their active listening skills and provide helpful evaluations. These skills are transferable to the workplace and even at home.
Below is a link that explains the importance of evaluations and how to evaluate to motivate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BNqEC78vZI
This coming Thursday, January 25th, the FOTM Evaluation contest will be chaired by First Oakville’s very own Samantha Tam. Several seasoned, as well as newer members of First Oakville Toastmasters will compete against each other as they evaluate a guest speaker. It is sure to be a night of great speaking and evaluating. The meeting will begin at 7:30 and the Knights of Columbus Hall in Oakville. Toastmaster Marion West won last year, who will win this year? Join us to find out!
-Allan Osborne, VP Education, First Oakville Toastmasters Club #2245