In addition to allowing members to practice their public speaking skills, it is critical to provide constructive feedback that motivates and informs for directed improvement of skills. As Toastmasters, we practice the art of providing both praise and opportunities for improvement.
Following each prepared speech, an assigned evaluator will give feedback to the speaker for the benefit of both the speaker and the meeting attendees. The evaluator will try to point out elements and skills the speaker demonstrated that facilitated communication, as well as trying to identify ways to further improve. Evaluations are given in a positive and motivational way that focuses on critical public speaking skills including organization, clarity, vocal variety, eye contact, gestures, and audience awareness.
At the close of the evaluation, speakers should feel appreciated for their efforts and have direction that allows them to progress further in their skills when they speak again.