Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Art of Effective Evaluation workshop (20 Jun 13)

Evaluation is a power tool that can empower and encourage an individual to grow and develop further, OR if misused, it can discourage and destroys one's self esteem.

Date: 20 June 2013 (Thursday) 
Time: 7:30pm to 10:00pm 
Venue: Room 1.05 Kolej Damansara Utama (map)
Fee: RM10 for D'Utama Members
        RM15 for non D'Utama Members & members of the public

One of the things that makes Toastmasters a unique learning activity is the system of evaluation. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters Club. Instead, we take turns evaluating each other's speeches so that we can all improve our speaking skills.

The more effectively we evaluate, the more we can help each other. And by doing this, we can all become better speakers.

So it’s vital that we learn to evaluate as effectively as possible. That's why we are dedicated this evening for the program, "The Art of Effective Evaluation". This workshop will give club members the knowledge, motivation and skills they need to become more effective evaluators.

Workshop Objectives
  • To help us recognize the purpose and value of effective speech evaluation 
  • To discover ways we can improve our evaluation skills – both individually and as a Club 
  • To stimulate group discussion on a subject of vital concern to a Toastmasters club and each other. 

Learning Method
To accomplish the above objectives, the several aspects of speaking and evaluation will be looked at;
  • Why we evaluate 
  • Why people want to learn to speak 
  • How we improve as speakers 
  • The roles we play when we evaluate 
  • The difference between evaluation and criticism 
  • How self-esteem affect learning to speak. 

The Facilitator
Johnson joined Toastmasters since September 2005 and he has attributed his growth personally and professional to the Toastmasters program. One of the tools that helped him grow was the evaluations that were given to him willing and freely by the club members. As a speech evaluator himself, he found that he was able to identify the areas of improvements not only in the speakers he was evaluating but within himself.

He obtained his Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) award in 2009. As a Toastmasters he has served as a dedicated members, various position in the club's executive committee and as an Area Governor for Division B, District 51.  He is the current term (2012/13) club president.

Academically, Johnson possesses a Bachelors of Information Technology, and a Masters of Information Systems. Professionally he has over 10 years working experience in varies industries ranging from Education, Business outsourcing, Information Technology, and Telecommunications, focusing in the field of Project Management. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).