A form used to evaluate a single speaker.

The categories for evaluating the speech have been arranged similarly to those in a Speech Contest Judge’s Guide. Note that here, as in a speech contest, it is assumed that a separate Speech Timer will determine if the speech length falls within the stated limits, therefore obviating the need for the Evaluator to do so.


Speech DevelopmentEdit

  • Topic selection (suited speaker, audience, time available)
  • Structure
    • Opening—immediately engaging, interesting
    • Body—easy to follow and understand, well constructed
    • Conclusion reinforces body; climactic
  • Organization (clear, simple) & support material (examples, etc.) directly contributed to the message. Key ideas were few in number and introduced systematically. Logically written and presented.
  • Smoothness of transitions
  • Showed research of topic
  • Employed personal experience
  • Well-prepared and well-rehearsed

Speech TechniqueEdit

  • Spontaneity
  • Flexibility

Speech ValueEdit

  • Original ideas and material are used and portrayed
  • Is it a speech to remember?


  • Spoke to the topic, purpose, or objectives, and achieved them
  • Overall message was clear and called the audience to an action
  • Creation of excitement, suspense, twist
  • Speech Types
    • If informative, left the audience with a small number of clear ideas
    • If a persuasive speech, called the audience to an action
    • If an inspirational speech, engaged the audience’s fervor

Audience ResponseEdit

  • Held audience’s attention—audience was interested and well-informed of new ideas
  • The speech evoked a reaction—inspire, conviction, entertainment, satisfaction
  • Easy to relate to audience’s everyday lives and showed how it can help



  • Dress—appropriate, confident
  • Posture and stance—confident, relaxed
  • Gestures—natural, meaningful, lively, precise, enhanced message
  • Body movements—animated, graceful, purposeful, any distracting or repetitious movements
  • Facial expressions—friendly, natural, appropriate to speech content
  • Eye contact—no set pattern, established bonds with listeners, encompassed everyone
  • Confident—nervousness is under control
  • Use of notes and lectern—appropriate, unobtrusive
  • Use of props/visual aids—effective, added to content
  • Use of stage or speaking area
  • Addressed the Toastmaster at start and close appropriately


  • Volume—good projection, vibrant
  • Pitch—varied
  • Quality—agreeable, enthusiastic, passionate
  • Articulation—clear, crisp, controlled
  • Rate—smooth, deliberate
  • Vocal variety—conveys emotion, natural, animation) & voice control
  • Use of pauses—for effect, to allow listeners to digest information


  • Positive—directness, assurance, and enthusiasm
  • Engaging—interest in the audience, confidence in their reaction



  • Word selection and the explaining of technical terms or jargon
  • Used descriptive language
  • Used word-pictures (effectively, memorable)—selecting the right words for communicating the message
  • “Um”, “Ah”, Hesitation—kept under control


  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation



Describe the strengths manifested in the speech.



Describe the aspects in which the speaker showed improvement over previous speeches.


Room for improvementEdit

Describe what aspects of the speech manifested room for future improvement.



Enumerate some concrete things the speaker could do when working on the next speech.



Based on work of Sarah Tennent. Otumoetai Toastmasters (#3511, District 72) March 2008


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