Public speaking and leadership are skills that can be developed and improved. In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is at the heart of the Toastmasters educational program.
You observe the speeches and leadership roles of your fellow club members and offer evaluations of their efforts, and they do the same for you. If you truly want to improve your speaking and leadership skills, you must learn how to give and receive helpful evaluations.
Toastmasters International founder Ralph C. Smedley said, “No Toastmasters club is fulfilling its obligation to its members unless it brings them the maximum of training in the art of constructive criticism.”
Evaluations help to boost your confidence and provide you a tangible direction for improvement. Without constructive criticism from others, you may not develop as a communicator or leader.
Ralph C. Smedley
Founder of Toastmasters International
There are many advantages of receiving well-structured evaluations and as you begin on your exciting journey of self-discovery and personal development, the evaluation will be an immensely valuable tool enabling you to learn and progress.
Evaluations have many benefits and help you to:
Enhance self awareness
Identify what you are doing well
Establish what you could improve on
Gives you the necessary tools to develop your skills
Gain a sense of direction, a goal, something to work towards
Increase your motivation to improve and be the best you can be
Develop resilience within your character and strengthens your desire to succeed
Ultimately enables you to reach your true potential