By Andra Beatty, ACS-ALB, Area Director
Have you ever been given a deadline that pushed you toward achieving your goals at warp speed? I have or at least that is how this last year has felt to me. So many things to do. So many things accomplished and just a few more to do and my journey will be finished.
Club officer, club member mentor, Area Director and TLI Toastmasters
Leadership Institute Sessions Chair. It has been a whirlwind of meetings, reports and watching our clubs progress and grow. One at a time.
Greeting and Meeting many new friends along the way.
So many challenges accepted and completed on time.
During this service journey I learned so much about the different leadership styles of myself and others.
I learned that I try harder and work better with servant leaders and not with an autocratic style of ruling.
Servant leaders are like the Super Amazing Super Hero Tammy K that I did my HPL High Performance Leadership project with.
Kind, Helpful, Hard worker and always encouraging.
We love that about our Toastmaster brothers and sisters.
It has been a long journey and I have learned so much about others and myself.
Thank you Toastmasters for giving me the great
opportunity to learn all I can and be all I can be.
For my recent Successful Communication Series I choose Speech Evaluations.
I leave you with the Top 10 Best Behaviors of an Effective Evaluator,
10 Behaviors of an Effective Evaluator
- Listen carefully to the speech opening. Write down first impressions.
- Suit your evaluation to the speaker skills and Celebrate their accomplishment
- Personalize your Language to Give positive reinforcement
- Build a Motivational climate and Nourish self-esteem
- Show the speaker how to improve with a positive suggestion.
- Assess the speech structure and outline. Opening Body Conclusion
- Did you want to hear more or did you feel lost during parts of the speech
- Was there anything that obviously stood out to Commend or Recommend
- Assess vocal variety, how is the speaker using their voice? Is it easy to listen to? Are the pitch, rate, volume, tone and rhythm of their voice appropriate.
- Pay Attention and Actively Listen – take notes. Listen to the Sentences; are they Well-constructed and Fluent? Listen to the Words; does the speaker use language that is easy to understand? Listen to the Content; is the speaker making appropriate use of description, imagery, examples, reasoning and logic, or humor to get their message across clearly? Did the Speech end Strong.