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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:31

Do Toastmaster critics respond to what you say, or just how you say it?

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Communication Works for those who work at itGenerally, we don’t use the terms ‘critic’ or ‘criticism’ within Toastmasters.

Criticism, tends to have a negative connotation. Very few people enjoy being criticized.

In an effective Toastmasters club, the act of criticizing has been replaced with providing constructive feedback.

This of course, depends on the level of self-confidence and experience of the evaluator.

Almost every aspect of a Toastmaster meeting receives feedback. Some is better than others, but the overall intent is to help the person being evaluated to improve.

Traditionally, it has always been the Toastmasters way to evaluate the delivery of the presentation and not so much the content.

As an evaluator, it can be easy to disagree with the content of a presentation, especially if it is based on the speaker’s opinion. It doesn’t really matter what you think. It isn’t a pass/fail system. Your role is to provide suggestions to help the speaker grow.

Even though you disagree with the content, you can still provide suggestions to help the speaker improve. Something to remember, is that as an Evaluator, you too are taking on a role and in turn being evaluated.

Recently, Toastmasters has said that it was okay to comment or provide feedback on a speaker’s content.

So yes, your answer is that Toastmasters can provide feedback on both the content and the delivery.

As originally answered on Quora.com

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