by Andra Beatty, ACS-ALB, Area 42 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 were 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.
- Kind, Helpful, Hard worker, and always encouraging.
- We love that about our Toastmasters 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 speaker opening. Write down your first impressions.
- Suit your evaluation to the speaker’s 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?