Article Category: Flashback Friday

Speech Analysis Article Series (Flashback Friday #25)

On Fridays, we dip into the Six Minutes article archive in search of one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.

Today’s Flashback Article

Taking NotesThis week, we’re reaching back to January 2008 to learn how to critique a speech effectively.

This 5-article series addresses a fundamental skill that anyone can master. Being able to thoroughly evaluate a speech — whether given by your co-worker, your classmate, your political candidate, your conference speaker, or you — and convey the results of your analysis with empathy will make you a better speaker.

The Speech Analysis Series
  • The opening article suggests dozens of questions which you can ask while analyzing any speech, covering the speech objectives, the audience, the speech content and organization, and the delivery.
  • The second and third articles describe many practical tips for adopting the right mindset and the optimal methods for sharing your analysis with others.
  • The fourth article shares a free, downloadable speech evaluation form which I’ve used to evaluate hundreds of speeches.
  • The final article describes Toastmasters evaluation contests, and will motivate you to participate… whether you are a club member or not!

These are the same skills and techniques that I use when analyzing all of the wonderful speeches featured in our speech critique series, where we examine historic speeches as well as contemporary favorites.

Start with the first article, and share your insights about speech analysis:


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  1. Adedeji Adeloro says:

    Many kudos to Andrew for such a professionally written article; full of cogent points! The article is an excellent exploration of the art and science of how to effectively study and constructively criticize speech deliveries.