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There is a lot to learn about Pathways Evaluations

Pathways has many resources including tutorials, videos, downloadable full project training pdfs, and evaluation sets.

In fact, there are 3 places a member can download/get the 3-page evaluation resource for a project.

The first/best place – where any member – a speaker, an evaluator or anyone can get the evaluation resource from a project is the Evaluation resource.

Pathways evaluations are not saved by BaseCamp, so it is incorrect to say that evaluations can be filled out “online” The accurate way to state and understand things is that there are fillable pdfs evaluations which may be filled out in a pdf reader on any device that supports one.

The Evaluations forms for each project are also in the project pdf if you download that, and in each online project there is a link to the pdf of the Evaluation resources for that project – NOTE: THESE pdfs are NOT FILLABLE. The look just the same as the pdfs available from the baseCamp “Evaluation Resource” tab, but they cannot be typed onto!

That saved, filled in pdf may be sent to the speaker for that member to upload to their own BaseCamp e-portfolio if they like. This is not required.
Evaluators may also like to save and upload all of the evaluations they make too!

There is a great online training module in pathways to learn all about Evaluations and in fact to practice and see how your evaluation scoring compares to an experienced evaluator!

I highly recommend that all Pathways users use this resource.

You can find it fairly easily by searching for “How to Evaluation” once click on the “tutorials and resources” link in Pathways. Enjoy

If you do the same Pathways Path twice …. things to know

A member may find that they just *LOVE* a particular Pathways path. And a member may work on one or all of the paths at the same time (as long as they have all been purchased)

It is *not* possible to have 2 instances of the same path (for example “Presentation Mastery”) active at the same time.
In other words, once you begin Presentation Mastery you must complete all Levels (Leve 1-5) to complete the path before you could purchase that same path and start it again at Level 1 projects.

One more thing to know: once you activate a path you have done / completed before. The previous instance will be removed from your transcript… that includes the removal of your completion certificates:

Implication and recommendation: Download and save off of Pathways BaseCamp copies of all your completion certificates if you think you will ever do a path more than once

The Most Frequent Pathways FAQ I got asked…

Q. Can I work in both the traditional programs and Pathways?
(I recommend TI add this to the official Pathways FAQ)

A. Before the end of the 2-year grace period, a member who joined Toastmasters before Pathways rolled out:

– may work on Pathways immediately when it rolls out in their district
– may continue working on the traditional education program to complete awards
– may work on projects in either program with / in any club they attend, even if that club is in a different District or has not started using pathways
– may work on both programs at the same time, may switch between projects on either program
– may NOT count a single speech for credit in both programs. Each speech counts only in one project – either in traditional program or Pathways

Members who first join Toastmasters after Pathways rolled out in their club may only work in Pathways

Employee reviews of Toastmaster International

PR= Public Relations and is affect by what the public can see.
A website called glassdoor has many employee reviews of organizations

Most people see what they want when they read a set of reviews so the below reviews are pasted without comment. Glassdoor is free to use with an account and I have no connection to them

“Competent Communicator”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Pros
Great public speaking and leadership team.
Cons
No remarkable cons in this company
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“Member”

Current Employee – Team Member
Recommends
I have been working at Toastmasters International part-time
Pros
Good place to practice speeches
Cons
We need more leaders to take care of the members.
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23 Oct, 2017

“Oldest & Largest Organization you’ve never heard of”

Current Employee – Director of Aviation Construction in South Florida, FL (US)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
I have been working at Toastmasters International part-time (More than 3 years)
Pros
Remove the fear of Public Speaking, learn Listening skills, become a better Communicator where Leaders are made.
Cons
None. It’s all about personal growth.
Advice to Management
Currently, there are more than 352,000 members. Why can’t this be at least one million?
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3 Oct, 2017

“Communication”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
I worked at Toastmasters International full-time
Pros
Benefits, Time off, Team, Perks
Cons
Lack of management communication especially during convention
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5 Apr, 2017

“Paralegal”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Recommends
I worked at Toastmasters International full-time (More than a year)
Pros
Great group of people, manageable workload.
Cons
1 week vacation first year, then goes up to 2 weeks. Moving out of state.
Advice to Management
Increase vacation for 1st year.
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“Club Member”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee
Pros
You can be invested in your career, here.
Cons
You must be invested in your career to be successful here.
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20 Feb, 2017

“Beautiful speaking program”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee
Pros
It is a confidence builder.
Cons
There are many people who attend and there is limited time for you to go up.
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“Helps with Public Speaking”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
I have been working at Toastmasters International part-time
Pros
Great organization. Have developed great communications skills and leadership skills. Can now speak in front of a crowd of people and not be scared
Cons
I have nothing bad to say.
Advice to Management
None
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11 Oct, 2016

“Human Resource Assistant”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Pros
Company Cares about their employee’s
Cons
Company is relocating to colorado
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29 Sep, 2016

“Great selling experience but many ongoing changes to sales force.”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee
Doesn’t Recommend
Pros
Good benefits and fleet vehicle.
Cons
Annual changes in territory alignment and annual layoffs over past few years.Share on Facebook
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“Representative”

Current Employee – Orders & Tracking Representative III in Laguna Hills, CA (US)
I have been working at Toastmasters International (More than 10 years)
Pros
Organizational values and mission. Room for growth.
Cons
More efficient resources need to be utilized regarding delivery of product.
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23 Jul, 2016

“Poor employer”

Former Employee – Content Producer in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
I worked at Toastmasters International full-time (Less than a year)
Pros
There are some very smart, kind people who work at Toastmasters. They do seem concerned about the well-being of employees through a comprehensive health initiative.
Cons
The interview process is long and protracted. Innovation and initiative are stifled by one of the most cumbersome approval processes I’ve ever seen. The company is further stunted by a belief they are unique in all the world of business-service organizations.
Advice to Management
Get over yourselves. By the way, Pat Johnson is not the CEO and never was. Rather, a shadowy character named Dan Rex is the CEO.
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23 Jun, 2016

“Great place to work!”

Former Employee – IT Specialist in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Pros
If you are in upper management (C-Level/Directors) the pay is great. I have never worked at a place where you could do a lousy job and still get 10-20% raises plus bonuses every year. Plus you can be late on delivery dates for your projects and spend way over your budget and there are no consequences…well…other than getting only a 10% raise.
Company wide lunches every month! Great food and dessert every month …
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Cons
Too many politics.
If your a “member” your giving your money so that those at world headquarters can get great benefits and Board members can travel the world.
I got fired for speaking my mind and no longer get good lunches.
Advice to Management
Advice to the board of directors would be to seriously look at the C levels and what they are doing.
Advice to the IRS…audit this company and take away their 501c status.
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11 May, 2016

“Lacks leadership”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
I worked at Toastmasters International (More than a year)
Pros
Friendly staff, yearly reviews, good work/life balance.
Cons
Pay isn’t competitive, management lacks leadership skills, sometimes you’re not provided the tools needed to do your work.
Advice to Management
Hire managers who are proven leaders.
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25 Feb, 2016

“Great people, archaic and political”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Pros
Good people to work with, luncheons every month
Cons
Archaic business processes, constantly putting the cart before the horse, little to no communication which is ironic considering they are a “communications” company. Can be very political and who is who. Upper management feels very much like a high school clique
Advice to Management
Communicate better, stop making decisions that involve multiple departments without regard for the amount of work that is needed to complete. Be realistic about deadlines.
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“Mystery Person”

Current Employee – I Don’t Want to Get Fired in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Pros
The best place to work ever! Love the great pay and awesome benefits like luncheons and great speeches by the CEO.
Cons
The coffee here is terrible, except when they make the vanilla nut that is real good. Also, there was some weird things going on with the bathrooms.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you’re doing, great place to work, relaxing environment, great coworkers and laid back, but we get a lot done.
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7 Nov, 2015

“Translations Supervisor”

Current Employee – Translations Project Supervisor in Huntington Beach, CA (US)
I have been working at Toastmasters International full-time (More than a year)
Pros
The benefit package is good. Employees are happy and friendly. Relaxed atmosphere. Management is considerate of employees personal situation. Opportunity for growth.
Cons
The salary scale is low as expected for a non-profit. Small work space and geographical location is off “the beaten path”.
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24 Aug, 2015

“Officer”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
I have been working at Toastmasters International (More than 10 years)
Pros
An awesome organisation to volunteer for. Priceless satisfactions. Growth unlimited. Definitively international
Cons
None. Oh well, since it’s a volunteer driven and managed Organization, volunteer salaries are zero plus minimal expenses.
Advice to Management
Value diversity more.
Including neuro-diversity.
Which by now, you should either know or google.
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“Good cause – great staff culture”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
I have been working at Toastmasters International full-time (More than 3 years)
Pros
Being part of a company that makes a positive difference for people and the world. Staff is expanding quickly and reflects a good balance of professionalism and fun. Great emphasis on wellness.
Cons
Some times of the year are very busy and high paced.
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24 Feb, 2015

“Fun and challenging, but boring at times.”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
I worked at Toastmasters International full-time (More than a year)
Pros
Great people, work-life balance if you’re not a manager.
Cons
Daily work can become monotonous .
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“Great work/life balance, competitive pay, upward mobility, great benefits package.”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Pros
Good cause, great people at headquarters and in the membership. Great company culture and training program along with continual system updates in keeping with technological needs.
Cons
There were not many cons as they operate on a very cyclical system and each year it gets better and better. At times it can get crazy but that can be said for any career.
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11 Jan, 2015 Helpful (3)

“job not career”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Doesn’t Recommend
Pros
opportunity to learn basic old-fashioned business principles. hr perks: vacation, sick and holidays are great. 401k not until after one year and just okay.
Cons
not for non-entry level candidates. no ability to make authoritative decisions. old-fashioned, out-of-date business principles.
Advice to Management
give more disclosure in job descriptions. don’t write job descriptions based on future possibilities since they won’t occur until three years after. hire those suitable for current job duties and work to get them to a level of performance you want. know more about the job you are hiring for.
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27 Oct, 2014

“Wonderful!”

Current Employee – Anonymous Employee
Pros
Great experience for me all around!
Cons
None that I am aware of!
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25 Oct, 2014

“Member Services”

Former Employee – Member Services Representative in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
I worked at Toastmasters International full-time (Less than a year)
Pros
– The company has been around for a long time and has a great product and mission
– The leadership works out on the floor with the staff and is there to support you should you need assistance
– The Support staff is like working with family. Each day you go in and are happy to be there
– It’s a non-profit organization so you have more freedom to work with the members over the phone for as long as the member needs assistance
Cons
– The organization is still working on updating the technology needed to support the members in today’s technology market
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27 Oct, 2014

“Feedback”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Pros
Great place to learn and grow
Cons
Not so supportive senior leadership
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8 Aug, 2014 Helpful (8)

“By far the worst company I have ever worked for”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Doesn’t Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Pros
Not many come to mind to be perfectly honest
Cons
Leadership is lacking and cannot really be considered leadership but rather puppets on a string for the person who’s persona is so controlling and the need to make it and everything around him be about his glamour. Leadership does not take any accountability and the company keeps bad employees around and lets the good ones go. Why is that, because there is a sense of insecurity in the CEO.
Your hard work is unrecognized and the pay scale is well below the national average.
My time with Toastmasters was absolutely the worst experience of my almost perfect career, so if you value your career…steer clear!
Advice to Management
Instead of outsourcing and hiring “Yes Sir” type of leaders look right in front of you and bring leadership from within. Disagreements and different philosophies are some of the key components in building a strong company.
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8 Mar, 2014

“Great Organization, but employees are extremely unappreciated”

Current Employee – Member Services Representative in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Doesn’t Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
I have been working at Toastmasters International full-time (Less than a year)
Pros
Fantastic pay, great members who are kind and just want your help.
Cons
Supervisors are always busy in meetings, so no one is ever available to assist you. You are expected to be extremely fake and cheerful. You have no face to face contact with members, but must look like you are dreaming of rainbows and glitter even when working on a difficult task.
Advice to Management
Be there for your team, not just criticize everything. If you’re never around, how do you know what the issues are?
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25 Jan, 2014

“Following leadership”

Former Employee – Anonymous Employee
Pros
Learning not only speech and presentation skills, but also leadership skills
Cons
Require some extra time of your busy schedule, but it is time well spent.

+++++++++++ AND BELOW ARE SOME REVIEWS OF INTERVOEW EXPERIENCE ===============
Copywriter Interview
Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Toastmasters International in June-2016.
Interview
I was given an initial phone call, then vetted to the hiring manager. After that, she asked for some samples, and an in-person interview. I met with the hiring manager and the departmental director. The 15 minutes spent with the department director was probably the best job interview I’ve ever had.
Interview Questions
In an ideal situation, what would your job be?
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23 Jul, 2016

Content Producer Interview
Anonymous Employee in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview
Application
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Toastmasters International (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)) in March-2016.
Interview
The interview process was about what one might expect, but it was quite protracted with numerous steps. The process was complicated by an inexperienced remote manager. Furthetr complicating the process, Toastmasters has decided at some ambiguous time in 2017 to relocate to Denver, CO. No plans for who will be able to relocate, who will be paid to relocate, and who will simply be dumped on the sidelines are available.
Interview Questions
The manager wanted to know if I would be willing to prepare a PowerPoint.
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10 Jun, 2015

Legal Interview
Anonymous Employee in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Application
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Toastmasters International (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)) in June-2015.
Interview
Easy. Applied online. Received call from HR 3 weeks later and they left a message. I called them back right away. They asked a few questions and were very nice and friendly. Scheduled office interview same week. Interview was scheduled for 1/2 hour, lasted close to an hour, it went well. I was introduced to the team and given a tour. I was made an offer the next day.
Interview Questions
If I knew what Toastmasters did?
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11 Jan, 2015
Anonymous Interview
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Declined Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview
Application
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Toastmasters International.
Interview
took about four months before receiving and offer. had four interviews. one interview was scheduled midday and one hour before the interview HR called to cancel. i had to take the day off for a midday interview and told HR. they said to come in for the interview anyway and it was a waste of time. everyone was rushed. had to re-interview with the same manager three times of the…
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Interview Questions
will you be bored?
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9 Apr, 2014

Director of Marketing and Communications Interview
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview
Application
I applied online. I interviewed at Toastmasters International (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (US)) in March-2014.
Interview
After submitting my resume, I was contacted by the HR dept for an interview with the COO. The meeting was scheduled for an hour, however the COO arrived 15 minutes late and started to rush through the predetermined list of questions. Then the COO informed me there was another meeting schedule and my time would be cut short.
Three weeks have passed without any response to follow up emails or phone…
Show More
Interview Questions
Do you believe in marketing research?
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8 Mar, 2014

Member Services Representative Interview
Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview
Application
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Toastmasters International in September-2013.
Interview
First you are contacted by the Human Resources Manager for an on the spot phone interview. If she thinks you fit the mold, you are contacted by the supervisors of the team for another phone interview. After passing the two phone interviews, you will be asked to come in for a face-to-face with the two supervisors, after the interview you will be asked to complete an email simulation. They will…
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Interview Questions
You will be expected to be well versed with their website, which is poorly laid out, and horrible confusing. You must know their current statistics.
1 Answer
Negotiation
There is no negotiating. You either accept, or they move on.
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7 Oct, 2015

Treasurer Interview
Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ (US)
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application
I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Toastmasters International (Tucson, AZ (US)) in April-2012.
Interview
Join in the club and you can apply.
The fellow members will vote from the candidates.
You need to do a presentation just like what you did in the club. Tell people why you want to do the job and what you will do.
Interview Questions
Why we need a treasurer

Evaluating Pathways (not speeches)

When a member completes a Pathways project (any one of the 59 Pathways projects), t
There is an invitation to send feedback to Toastmasters Intl staff about the project

This opportunity to evaluate the Pathways raining project itself is available for 10 days after the member completes the project

There is a button that says “Evaluate” next to the project for 10 days after the member marks it compete
See example below where 2 projects were both completed within the past 10 days:

Note: once you submit your feedback – it cannot be retrieved or edited!

How will meetings change in pathways? part 1 of ?

All these blog posts are my opinion, unofficial and I may change my mind at any time 🙂

From what I have seen in Pathways so far in Levels 1-4 … I see few changes in how Toastmasters meetings are held, the agenda etc.

What I can see is a possible new set of challenges to filling roles and the types of extra-meeting activities that need to be done….

Let’s face it, now the vast majority (TI says 90 %) of members do not even finish a CC under the current program
So we would be reasonable to expect that majority (51 %)will not finish Levels 1-3…

Level 1 + 2 + 3 = one role as speech evaluator plus about 10 speeches (although one speech project elective could be as TableTopics Master commenting to each Topics speaker) – no matther what path(s) one chooses
And Levels 1 and 2 are identical except for maybe one project, depending on path ….

What does this (maybe) mean for meetings?

+ Ice Breaker(s) from all members – including experienced members when they start Pathways.
—  And for anyone pursuing a DTM that plural “Breakers” applies – they need to do *two* Icebreakers – one on each path they do…

– Evaluator is a required role once for each level 1 – that might make that role easier to fill than the others like Grammarian, Time, TopicsMaster, TMOD which (apart from Active Listening elective for TopicsMaster) get no credit in Pathways.
For clubs who ignore the CL manual now, this won’t amount to much of a change in role-filling incentives…

– TopicsMaster might be giving feedback – The Active Listening project is different from Table Topics Evaluator, and if your club only usually has 3 or  topics speakers, … you may need to occasionally change that to support the member doing this elective in level 3. (Probably 5-7 topics speakers or more is best for this)

I will address the many outside the meeting activities in coming posts….

 

Toastmasters Pathways – 61 evaluation guides….

Each Pathways project, each required course and each elective has it’s own project guide and evaluation resource.
Compared to evaluation guides in the CC and Advanced Communications Manuals, Pathways evaluation forms are much more standardized.

These standard Evaluation Criteria are common, rating each category from 1-5 in standard categories
Included in Almost All (

  •  Persuasive Speaking does not include any of these
  • Understanding Vocal Variety is completely unique
    I am still reviewing and may find more exceptions)

Categories included in 95% of all evaluations:

  • Clarity
  • Vocal Variety
  • Eye Contact
  • Comfort Level

Also Included in Most  (over 80%) project Evaluation Guides

  • Gestures
  • Audience Awareness
  • Interest

In addition 0, 1 or 2 other Evaluation Criteria custom sections are included for each project
A common one of these is “Topic” – though the meaning of 1,2,3,4,5 varies with the project

You can see which evaluation criteria are used in each project and access all the evaluation guides here:
https://kleinosky.com/nt/pw/PW_evaluation_guides.php

Sample content from evaluation guide Criteria page:

“This criteria lists the specific goals and expectations for the speech. Please review each level to help you complete

the evaluation.

Clarity
5 – Is an exemplary public speaker who is always understood
4 – Excels at communicating using the spoken word
3 – Spoken language is clear and is easily understood
2 – Spoken language is somewhat unclear or challenging to understand
1 – Spoken language is unclear or not easily understood

Vocal Variety
5 – Uses the tools of tone, speed, and volume to perfection
4 – Excels at using tone, speed, and volume as tools
3 – Uses tone, speed, and volume as tools
2 – Use of tone, speed, and volume requires further practice
1 – Ineffective use of tone, speed, and volume

Eye Contact
5 – Uses eye contact to convey emotion and elicit response
4 – Uses eye contact to gauge audience reaction and response
3 – Effectively uses eye contact to engage audience
2 – Eye contact with audience needs improvement
1 – Makes little or no eye contact with audience

Gestures
5 – Fully integrates physical gestures with content to deliver an exemplary speech
4 – Uses physical gestures as a tool to enhance speech
3 – Uses physical gestures effectively
2 – Uses somewhat distracting or limited gestures
1 – Uses very distracting gestures or no gestures

Audience Awareness
5 – Engages audience completely and anticipates audience needs
4 – Is fully aware of audience engagement/needs and responds effectively
3 – Demonstrates awareness of audience engagement and needs
2 – Audience engagement or awareness of audience requires further practice
1 – Makes little or no attempt to engage audience or meet audience needs

Comfort Level
5 – Appears completely self-assured with the audience
4 – Appears fully at ease with the audience
3 – Appears comfortable with the audience
2 – Appears uncomfortable with the audience
1 – Appears highly uncomfortable with the audience

Interest
5 – Fully engages audience with exemplary, well-constructed content
4 – Engages audience with highly compelling, well-constructed content
3 – Engages audience with interesting, well-constructed content
2 – Content is interesting but not well-constructed or is well-constructed but not interesting
1 – Content is neither interesting nor well-constructed

Topic
5 – Delivers an exemplary speech about … (project specific)
4 – Delivers a compelling speech about … (project specific)
3 – … (project specific)
2 – Mentions some… (project specific)
1 – Speaks on a topic other than … (project specific)