Step6: How to get structured feedback for your speeches
Get the ARROW form (This form is used to collect the Audience Reception, Response, Observations and Wishes)
ARROW also means to sharpen your messages and keep it targeted to the audience’s needs.
You should have received the ARROW form by mail ==> If not, register here.
Please note that the ARROW form is only one of the components of the SPEAK2WIN International Speech Home Study Course. To subscribe for the course click here.
How to use the ARROW Form for your MAXIMUM benefit.
Here’s what you need to do.
(1) Download and Print adequate copies of the ARROW, so that you can give it to each and everyone in the audience every time you speak. (Yes this could mean lot of papers, so if you want you can print in low quality of rough paper). I would normally print or photocopy 1000 copies. (This form will give you more value than the money you spent on printing or wastage of paper)
(2) Before you speak, distribute one ARROW to each member in the audience. Don’t reword anything in the form, just distribute and ask them to “I would like to get your feedback on my speech on this form. If the club complains that we don’t have time. Suggest that I don’t need an evaluator and use that time for audience to fill your ARROW form)
(3) Deliver your speech
(4) Request that everyone takes a 1 min to complete the form. This will make them write what’s top of their mind. (You can choose to unofficially give them more time by not enforcing the announced 1-minute deadline. That usually speeds up the process with valuable information)
(5) Take all the forms home and go through one by one. There will be good comments, bad comments and sometimes nasty comments(Throw away the nasty ones and focus on good and bad ones).
(6) Somethings to watch out for.
If everyone has a different perception of what the message was, it means your speech was not clear enough.
If you have pronunciation issues consult a good dictionary on your phone or internet and listen to how it is said and memorize it.
Mark the incorrectly pronounced words in your script in red or yellow highlight so that you will remember not to repeat the mistake next time.
Likewise for all observations.
(7) Once you find an interesting piece of feedback, contact the person (using email on the ARROW) and ask what was their take on your speech and ask them to explain why they said what they said. Here you are drilling further to understand your audience.
(8) Rewrite or update your speech as per feedback received in hope of not repeating the same mistake.
(9) If time permits, write a thank you note to the feedback provider. (They could of help to give you a qualified feedback on your newer speech.)
(10) Don’t throw away the ARROW you might need it again if you want to use the speech at another time.