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Frequently Asked Questions

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 are a conference organizer, you can also use SpeakerScore to evaluate the performances of the speakers you book.

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1. Create your talk - just title, speaker, date and time.
2. Share the feedback link with your audience.
3. Your audience rates your performance using SpeakerScore's unique standardized feedback system.
4. Sit back and watch the scores, badges, comments and photos stream in.
5. SpeakerScore.com works on all your devices.
6. Repeat. Every time you give a talk you learn more about your performance profile. Over time you will greatly improve your speaking skills.

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.

We’ve boiled the feedback process down to four universal evaluation parameters applicable in any talk. These are the questions the audience rates on a scale from 0-100.
1. Expectations — Did you deliver?
“Expectations” measures how you fulfill your “contract” with the audience. Did people get what they came for? If the expectations in your contract are not met, the audience will not be satisfied — regardless of how fantastic your talk was.

2. Interesting — Was it stimulating to be in the room?
“Interesting” is the parameter measuring the internal quality of your talk. How did it feel to be there? Did you engage the audience or did they start checking emails on their phone?

3. Valuable — Was there a takeaway?
“Valuable” indicates what people take away from the talk. How did you enrich them? What did they learn? If your talk was not valuable, it was either a waste of people’s time — or purely an entertainment experience.

4. Presentation — Did you communicate?
“Presentation” measures the communication style, the body language and charisma of the speaker. It also measures the slides and the audio/visual tools used to purvey the message.

The big 4 sums up to a total SpeakerScore.
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.

Badges
To supplement the big 4 questions, we let your audience award you with “badges” for special qualities. They give you a really strong insight into your style and strongest sides.

Badges are an insight to your public speaking persona. To supplement the big 4 questions, we let your audience award you with “badges” for special qualities: Funny, expert, motivator, storyteller and teacher.
Badges help pinpoint the way you come across by indicating strong suits and weak spots. If your lecture scored many badges for “Expert” but very few for “Teacher,” it may be a sign that you suffer from “expert syndrome” and need to start improving your teaching skills.
Which qualities do you think you’d get awarded for?
Are you an expert or more of an entertainer? Run a SpeakerScore on your next talk and find out. The badges will also help brand you as a speaker when marketing yourself to conference organizers and booking agents.

There are two ways to do this:
1. Remind them at the end of the talk. Immediately after you finish your talk, share a link to the feedback form with your audience – for example on your last slide. When creating the evaluation form, you can customize this link so it is easy to remember.
2. You can also share the link to the evaluation form via email.

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.

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.

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

Definitely. SpeakerScore is a perfect tool for evaluating and comparing speakers at your event.

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.

You can share your scores with others either by embedding your SpeakerScore on your own website or blog using a widget. Or you can share your score on your public profile on speakerscore.com. It is simple and easy to do from within the system, and you have full control over the results. SpeakerScore will never share your personal feedback with anyone, unless you actively requests it.

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.