CL Project 3: Giving Feedback


The third project in the Competent Leadership Manual is: Giving Feedback

The goal of this project is to learn and practice the skills involved in providing helpful feedback to club members.  Providing well-thought out feedback, both constructive and reinforcing, is a key skill to have as a leader, and particularly as a Toastmaster in that it is the primary way to foster skill development in others.

One thing I have noticed when I have interacted with other, more experienced, Toastmasters is that they are extremely free with their feedback and good advice.  At first, I found it a bit disconcerting because I was not used to receiving such honest feedback.  I suspect that my reacting was probably not all that uncommon as feedback that is not praise can easily be mistaken for criticism and be taken as a blow to the ego.

Since then, I have really learned the value of constructive feedback, to the point that I find it more useful that praise.

For this project, the requirement is to perform the following meeting roles at separate meetings: Speech Evaluator, Grammarian and General Evaluator.

In each of these roles, I attempted to give feedback that would be helpful in reinforcing the good qualities I was evaluating in the individual speaker, in the word usage of all speakers and in the club as a whole for the meeting I was General Evaluator for.  At the same time, I balanced the, well-deserved, praise with specific advice and insight into areas that could be made better.

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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