Hints and Tips for Speaking and Evaluating Speeches from Various Sources
Carl Kovago has brought a couple of ideas forward to share with the club. The first is a book and the second is an app for Apple products:
TED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks
“The techniques are basically useful tips which I found very interesting; I can really recommend this book.”
PromptSmart: A teleprompter app for Apple iOS (iPhones and iPads) which automatically scrolls the text as it hears you read it. This is a unique feature, and for Android there is no similar app. The free version of the app can store up to 2 speeches.
“Helped me significantly in my preparation for speeches.”
I’ve signed up for email info from one of Toastmaster’s past world champion speakers, Lance Miller and he often offers good tips. Below is one of his latest tips:
Lance Miller Answers Question about How to Evaluate a Better Speaker
Last week I received the question, “What do you do if you are asked to evaluate someone who speaks a lot better than you?”
This was a great question. I wanted to share my answers with you:
First and foremost, you may not have the speaking experience to stand on the stage and show the speaker what he needs to do. But you have the audience experience of listening to speeches and know what you did and didn’t like as an audience member.
You have probably been sitting in the audience and listening to speeches longer than the speaker has been standing on the stage delivering speeches!
Do you have to be a great actor to know if you like a movie?
Do you have to be a great chef to know if you like a meal?
But as you are the one watching the movie or eating the meal, your viewpoint of whether you enjoyed it or not is extremely important!
The same is true in speaking. Since you are the one listening to the speech, your viewpoint is extremely important!
Evaluate the speech and the speaker from your viewpoint – from sitting in the audience.
- How did his speech affect you?
- Were you able to easily follow the flow and logic of the speech?
- What held your attention?
- Was there anything that was confusing or didn’t make sense?
- Was there anything distracting to you?
- Was there something he or she said that you wanted more detail about?
- Was there anything that interested/disinterested you?
These are questions only you can answer, based on how the speech affected you.
In looking at a speech, stick with the speaking basics of:
- Organization – opening, body, conclusion,
- Vocal variety and pace,
- Gestures, body and stage movement,
- Clear easily understood word choices.
But after that, how did the speech affect you?
Speech evaluation/coaching is not about clever analogies, quick witted humor or repeating the speech just given. It is similar to a customer review of a product or service.
It is about your viewpoint on these things – what do you feel they are doing well and do you feel can they improve on?
Your viewpoint is your viewpoint. It matters! It is important! Don’t invalidate it.