The General Evaluator (GE) evaluates the meeting as a whole. In this way, club standards can be maintained. As General Evaluator, you will evaluate the performance of the Sergeant at Arms (SAA), the Toastmaster, the Table Topics Master, the Table Topics Evaluator(s), the Speech Evaluators and the other role players.
Before the meeting:
- If you are an inexperienced General Evaluator, prior preparation is essential. Use this website to print out and study the guide sheets for the assignments you will be evaluating. These will give you plenty of information on what is required in those roles and help you find worthwhile recommendations.
- Check with the Toastmaster of the meeting to find out how the programme will be conducted and if there are any planned deviations from the usual meeting format.
During the meeting:
- Take notes on everything that happens or, in your view, should happen. For example, were there unnecessary distractions that could have been avoided?
- Create a checklist from which you can follow the meeting. Did the meeting and each segment of it, begin and end on time?
- You would not normally evaluate the Prepared Speakers or Tables Topics Speakers, as they have already been evaluated, but you may want to add something that the evaluator may have missed or express a different opinion.
- Give your General Evaluation of the meeting, using the notes you took as suggested above. Comment on the quality of evaluations. Were they positive, upbeat, helpful? Did they point the way to improvement?
- Try to think of something original to say!
How to give Effective Evaluations:
How this role helps you:
- This role will help you to enhance your listening skills and powers of observation.
- You will practice making accurate evaluations. No time for indecisiveness.
- You will deliver a well structured oral report to the members; thereby giving you practice in delivering a mini speech.
- You can use it to advance your CL manual for the following projects:
- Project 2 – Critical Thinking
- Project 3 – Giving Feedback
- Project 5 – Planning and Implementation
- Project 7 – Developing Your Facilitation Skills
- Project 8 – Motivating People
- Project 10 – Team Building