Skip to main content

May 2024
View PDF

Expert Advice for Evaluations

Provide effective feedback for speakers.

By Staff

Woman smiling while writing on evaluation form

As an evaluator, you’re demonstrating skills that allow everyone in the club meeting to learn and grow. Here are some tips to help build your skills and confidence in giving helpful feedback to others.

  • As the evaluator, take the time to talk with your speaker about their topic and speech goals. Know the specifics of the project your speaker is working in.
  • There is an evaluation form for every project in Pathways—evaluators use it to assess how the speaker is growing in skill and confidence through each project. The forms are available for download in Base Camp. Many Toastmasters use the “sandwich method,” which layers the evaluation into three parts: what the speaker did well, suggestions on areas for improvement, and an upbeat conclusion that encourages the speaker to continue growing in their chosen path.
  • Don’t be intimidated to evaluate experienced speakers. You may notice something no one else has. And it gives you the chance to practice a key meeting role, building confidence for the next time.
  • The evaluator plays an influential role. Make your comments constructive and positive overall. Know what to share publicly and when to give feedback in private.


Oh, No! I’m Giving My First Evaluation by Bill Brown, DTM

Learning to Evaluate Everybody by Megan Preston Meyer

The Invaluable Evaluator by Greg Lewis, DTM

The Three R’s of Preparing to Evaluate by Justin Bordessa, DTM


Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share with email

Related Articles

Man at table evaluating someone

Meeting Roles

The Invaluable Evaluator

Woman standing at lectern speaking to people at table


Learning to Evaluate Everybody


Learn more about the award-winning publication.

About Magazine

Discover more about the award-winning publication.

Magazine FAQ

Answers to your common magazine questions.


How to submit an article query, photo, or story idea.


Meet the editorial team.