FAQ
June 1, 2013

 

 
Who can use SpeakerScore?
Anyone who aspires to become a better public speaker will benefit from using SpeakerScore to gain insight on their performance and find ways to improve. If you’re a conference organizer, you can also use SpeakerScore to evaluate the performances of the speakers you book.

Why did you create SpeakerScore?
SpeakerScore was created by public speaking professionals frustrated with the lack of an industry standard for measuring public speaking. As public speakers, we were tired of digging through results in homemade excel spreadsheets, tired of getting feedback we couldn’t benchmark against previous or future talks or compare with other speakers. We wanted to create a standard evaluation, applicable to all talks. An evaluation tool that is for the public speaker what the stop watch is for athletes. After all, you don’t ask athletes to figure out a new measurement standard every time they hit the track, do you?

I’m organizing a conference - can I use SpeakerScore?
Definitely. SpeakerScore is a perfect tool for evaluating and comparing speakers at your event. Read more on the conferences pages.

Why can I not create my own questions?
SpeakerScore’s evaluation tool is not SurveyMonkey or Google Forms. We do not ask you to develop your own complicated feedback questionnaires. Instead, we have worked very hard to develop the four universal parameters on Expectations, Value, Interest and Presentation that you need to ask your audience to find out how well the talk went. From these “big four″ questions, we calculate your total Speakerscore on a scale from 0-100 for the talk based on all audience feedback. Since we already did all the heavy lifting in terms of figuring out the core questions, all you need to do is add date and info on your talk and the evaluation form is good to go. Once you receive the feedback, you can compare and benchmark your SpeakerScore against yourself and other speakers. This would not be possible if the questions asked differed from time to time.

How do I get the audience to rate my talk?
There are two ways to do this:
1) Immediately after you finish your talk, share a ”feedback key” with your audience – for example on your last slide.
2) You can also share an online link directly to the evaluation of your talk, e.g. via email.

Can I offer any incentives to get the audience to provide feedback?
Yes. One of the things public speakers often get asked is whether they can share their slides after the talk. You can upload your slides with the evaluation form and make them available to the audience – after they complete the evaluation of course.

Can the audience add their own personal remarks in the evaluation form?
Yes. In addition to the mandatory four parameters and the optional badges the audience can add their own thoughts and comments in a box at the end of the evaluation form.

How do the scores work?
We recommend that you get at least 10 evaluations of each talk in order to make your SpeakerScore statistically sound. Don’t emphasize each individual evaluation, even phenomenal speakers score within the 0-40 interval from time to time.

If you receive more than 10 evaluations on your talk, use this guide line:
- Competent speakers usually score within the 60-85 interval.
- If you achieve a score above 80, it’s great.
- If you achieve a score above 85, it’s superb.
- If you achieve a score above 90, it’s world class.

If your score falls below 60, it’s an indicator of something not quite working out the way you intended. If this is the case, take a closer look at the different parameter scores, see if you can find a pattern – perhaps you consistently scored low on “Interesting” even though your “Value” parameter was above average. Could be a sign you need to develop new ways of keeping the audience’s attention.

How do I share my feedback with others?
SpeakerScore will never share your personal feedback with anyone, unless you actively requests it. But if you have achieved a great score, why not tell the world? It is simple and easy to do from within the system, and you have full control over the results.

If a talk is presented by more than one speaker, can the audience rate each speaker individually on the same evaluation form?
No. It’s been our experience that the audience has a hard time allocating individual scores in a talk with multiple speakers. That’s why each talk is evaluated on one form – despite the talk being presented by several speakers.

Can I reuse my feedback key for a new talk?
Yes, you can reuse the same feedback key for a new talk. We do recommend waiting until the feedback period is over before reusing the key as some audience members might provide feedback a while after the talk.

Does SpeakerScore work on smartphones?
Yes. SpeakerScore has been optimized for mobile users on both the speaker and audience end of the tool. All features work well through the browser of your smartphone.

I signed up but did not receive the confirmation email, what’s wrong?
Did you provide the correct email address? If yes, check your spam filters in your mail client. If that doesn’t locate the missing email, try signing up again or contact us.

I forgot my password, how do I retrieve it?
Use the Forgot Password page.

How It Works
A quick step-by-step guide
How to share scores
Use the share page or embed on your own site
How do I get the audience to rate my Talk?
The two straight forward ways of doing this
The Big 4
Why these are the four questions we ask
Badges — how the audience sees you
The insights to your public speaking persona
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
SpeakerScore — How a new standard for public speakers was born
Meet the founder of SpeakerScore
 





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