How to Offer Quality Feedback
If you are like most new members of toastmasters, you may be apprehensive to be a speech evaluator. You may not feel that you are qualified to offer suggestions to other, more experienced members. You may be afraid that you will offend or hurt the speaker’s feelings if you point out something that you didn’t work for you.
These are common feelings for every toastmaster. New or experienced, we all need to be sensitive and effective when we offer feedback to others. Constructive guidance and feedback can help those giving the feedback as much, or more than those receiving it.
Have you have ever heard the saying, “If you want to really learn something… Teach it to others.” This is very true. When you learn to analyze the speaking skills of others and offer guidance on how they can improve upon those skills, you are learning what works and what doesn’t.
I have found that this has helped me to become a better speaker. Once I began detecting areas of opportunity in others, I found it easier to diagnose and correct my own weaknesses.
Take a look at this 4:53 minute long video and you will gain additional insights into helping others and becoming a better speaker yourself. Click this link for some great tips.