Evaluation Contest

Evaluations are based on what the evaluator saw, heard and felt. A challenge must be given to help the speaker improve. This must be an effective challenge given in truth and with love.

I am attaching Lupe Roy’s and Gloria Williams breakout session on evaluations.




  • Speech development is the way the speaker puts ideas together so the audience can understand them. The speech is structured around a purpose, and this structure must include an opening, body, and conclusion. A good speech immediately engages the audience’s attention and then moves forward toward a significant conclusion. This development of the speech structure is supported by relevant examples, illustrations, facts, and figures, delivered with such smoothness that they blend into the framework of the speech to present the audience with a unified whole.


  • Effectiveness is measured in part by the audience’s reception of the speech, but a large part is your subjective judgment of how the speech came across. You should ask yourself such questions as “Was I able to determine the speaker’s purpose?” “Did the speech relate directly to that purpose?” “Was the audience’s interest held by the speaker?” “Was this speech subject appropriate for this particular audience?”


  • Physical presentation of a speech carries part of the responsibility for effective communication. The speaker’s appearance should reinforce the speech, whether
    profound, sad, humorous, or instructional. Body language should support points
    through gestures, expressions, and body positioning.

VOICE (15%)

  • Voice is the sound that carries the message. It should be flexible, moving from one pitch level to another for emphasis, and should have a variety of rate and volume. A good voice can be clearly heard and the words easily understood.


  • APPROPRIATENESS of language refers to the choice of words that relate to the speech purpose and to the particular audience hearing the speech. Language should promote clear understanding of thoughts and should fit the occasion precisely.
  • CORRECTNESS of language ensures that attention will be directed toward what the speaker says, not how it is said. Proper use of grammar and correct pronunciation will show that the speaker is the master of the words being used.
  • MANNER is the indirect revelation of the speaker’s real self as the speech is delivered. The speaker should speak with enthusiasm and assurance, showing interest in the audience and confidence in their reactions.

(The following is taken from the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook)

Evaluation Contest Rules

Evaluation contest speeches shall be from two to three minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute 30 seconds or more than three minutes 30 seconds.

The Evaluation Speech Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules section of the rulebook.

In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

1. At the beginning of this contest, a five- to seven-minute test speech will be presented.

  1. The test speech shall be either a contest-type speech, or taken from one of the assignments in the Competent Communication manual.
  2. Contestants are permitted to make preparatory notes during the test speech using materials of their choice.
  3. It is recommended that at all levels of the contest; the Toastmaster giving the test speech is not a member of the same club as any one of the contestants.
  4. The test speaker shall be introduced by announcing the speaker’s name, speech title, speech title, and the speaker’s name.
  5. Neither the manual project nor any objectives that the speaker may have shall be made known to the contestants, judges, or audience.

2. At the conclusion of the test speech, all contestants shall leave the room. They then have five minutes to prepare their evaluation using materials of their choice.

  1. Timing and preparation supervision shall be under the control of the contest sergeant at arms.
  2. Where it is not practical for contestants to leave the room, contestants will complete their five minute preparation in the same room under the control of the contest sergeant at arms.

3. After five minutes have elapsed, no further preparation shall be allowed and with the exception of the first      contestant, who shall be called back as first evaluator, all others shall hand all written material to the contest sergeant at arms. Preparation material shall be handed back to contestants as they are introduced to present their evaluation.

4. Introduce each contestant by announcing the contestant’s name twice. Note that this differs from the standard name, speech title, speech title, name, because evaluation speeches do not have titles.


Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills



Jim Adams 3/16/09 Club Evaluation Contest Winner


ToastMasters Winning Area Evaluation Competition


Richard Nash – 2010 Evaluation Contestant (Winner)