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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Speaker Eval Form, Part 2

My friend Mike Antonovich was kind enough to really go through my draft and provided some great feedback which I've incorporated below. I know it probably needs some work on formatting! I think there is also a mix of speaker vs room specific stuff in the eval, making it more of a 'session' eval, but I don't see how we can really evaluate well without having both of them. Hoping to give it a single session test run at SQLSaturday Tampa this weekend. As always comments are welcome, here on the blog or via email as you prefer.

Speaker Evaluation Form

Session Information

Session Number/Name:

 

Speaker Name:

 

Date Conducted:

 

Time Conducted:

 

Reviewer Name/ID:

 

 

Pre-Session

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

Did the speaker arrive at the room 5-10 minutes prior to the posted session start time?

 

 

 

2

Did the speaker move to begin setting up as soon as the previous session was concluded?

 

 

 

3

Did the speaker use their own laptop?

 

 

 

4

Did the speaker go about setting up in a reasonably organized fashion (found AC power, tested AV, got other stuff put away) and have it done several minutes prior to the scheduled start time?

 

 

 

5

Once set up was completed, did the speaker interact with early arrivals?

 

 

 

6

Did the speaker put up a slide from the presentation that contained the session name, speaker name, and level so that those in the room could verify the presentation about to be delivered?

 

 

 

7

Was this a repeat session at the same event?

 

 

 

8 Was this the first session of the day?      
9 Was there a volunteer available to assist with setup (AV, power)      
10 Was the room set up with tables to make it easier to take notes (typical is chairs only)      

 

Session Start

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

Did the session begin on time (within 2 minutes of scheduled)?  If not, please comment at the end of the eval about why.

 

 

 

2

Did the speaker announce the session name and level?

 

 

 

3

Did the speaker introduce themselves to the attendees?

 

 

 

4

Was the introduction short and to the point, and not overly commercial?

 

 

 

5

Did the speaker use a microphone if one was available?

 

 

 

6

Did the speaker appear nervous (indicate symptoms in comments)?

 

 

 

7

How many people attended the session (count at 5 min mark)?

 

8

Was the session format designated at the beginning as interactive or lecture?

 

 

 

9

Were people turned away from the session due to lack of seating?

 

 

 

10 If people were turned away, were people standing/sitting around the sides and back of the room?      

 

Presentation Slides

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

If there was a standard template to be used for all presentations was the template applied correctly? (Should appear consistent across speakers, not evaluating their use of slides)

 

 

 

2

Overall were the slides easy to read, easy to understand, and left room for the speaker to add value? (Good font size, plain language, acronyms explained, and a subjective evaluation on the rest)

 

 

 

3

Did the deck contain references or additional resources as suggested reading?

 

 

 

4

Did the deck contain contact information for the speaker?

 

 

 

5

Did the deck provide a URL or other information for downloading the presentation and any associated files? (Note, identify beforehand if event has specified where these files go or if each speaker is responsible for their own)

 

 

 

 

Questions

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

How many questions were asked during the session?

 

2

How many questions were answered successfully? (Can be NA if the evaluator doesn't have the domain knowledge, but can usually tell based on presentation if speaker knew the answer - or thought they did at least!)

 

3

In cases where the question was not answered successfully did the speaker remain credible, or did it point to a knowledge gap?

 

 

 

4

In cases where the question was not answered successfully did the speaker offer possible sources to find the answer, or commit to looking up an answer post session?

 

 

 

5

If there were off topic questions did the speaker handle them gracefully and keep the session on track?

 

 

 

6

If there were too many questions in general, or too many from one person, did the speaker moderate the number of questions politely and confidently?

 

 

 

7

Did the speaker make eye contact with attendees that asked questions?

 

 

 

8

Did the speaker repeat all audience questions?

 

 

 

 

Demos

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

How many live but previously planned demos were done?

 

2

Of those demos, how many were completed successfully?

 

3

How many unplanned demos where done?

 

4

Of those, how many were completed successfully?

 

5

Did the speaker manage the transition from slide to demo and back smoothly (watch for too many alt-tabs)?

 

 

 

6

Did the speaker leverage written notes or pre-written code to make demo’s run smoothly without taking away the ‘liveness’ of the demo?

 

 

 

7

Did the speaker manage the demo presentation so it was readable (large font, good background color)?

 

 

 

8

Did the speaker avoid using the mouse/keyboard to highlight text (which is then often hard to read)?

 

 

 

9 Did the speaker indicate that demo code would be included with the presentation deck, or provide an alternate location?      

 

Style

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

If the speaker elected to ‘walk and talk’ did do so in a way that minimized delays waiting on them to advance to next slide (used a remote mouse or just had good timing!)

 

 

 

2

Was the pace of the presentation consistent (didn’t have to speed up at the end to finish)?

 

 

 

3

Was the speakers body language comfortable and approachable? (Shouldn't appear to be tired, lazy, defensive - if you don't notice anything then all is well)

 

 

 

4

Did the speaker use any inappropriate humor or remarks?

 

 

 

5

Did the speaker appear to have a negative attitude (impatient, arrogant, dismissive)?

 

 

 

6

Did the speaker control their arm movement without being rigid?

 

 

 

7

Did the speaker engage with the audience effectively?

 

 

 

8

Did the speaker use any self deprecating remarks/behavior that pointed to nervousness/frustration/lack of experience or confidence?

 

 

 

9

Did it feel like the speaker had never presented the session before (we're looking for signs that they wrote it and never practices, rather than it being the first public presentation of new material)?

 

 

 

10

Did the speaker come across as knowledgeable about the topic presented?

 

 

 

11

Did the speaker come across as passionate about the topic presented?

 

 

 

12

Did the speaker appear to have knowledge beyond the boundaries of the topic presented?

 

 

 

13

If there were multiple speakers did they work smoothly together?

 

 

 

14

Were there any techniques that stood out as very good (please add a comment if yes)?

 

 

 

15

Were there any techniques that stood out as very bad (please add a comment if yes)?

 

 

 

16 Did the speaker do anything to get the audience to interact (asking for questions, ad hoc polls, etc)      
17 Did anyone in the audience heckle the speaker? (If so, please add comments about the nature and if the speaker dealt with it effectively)      

 

Session End

Item#

Item Description

Yes

No

NA

1

Did the stated level match the presentation level? (Subjective, can also try to gauge from audience interaction - where they bored, overwhelmed?)

 

 

 

2

Did the session end on time (or up to 5 minutes early)?

 

 

 

3

Did the speaker offer attendees a final chance for questions at the end?

 

 

 

4

If the session ended more than 5 minutes early was it due to the speaker moving through the presentation too fast? (This can very if they left time for questions but had no questions from audience at the end - we don't expect them to have filler material, but it still probably indicates a pacing or presentation issue - please add comments)

 

 

 

5

Did the speaker encourage attendees to complete the session evaluation?

 

 

 

6

Once completed, did the speaker move to quickly vacate the speaking area so the next speaker could begin setting up?

 

 

 

7

Did the presentation match the session title?

 

 

 

8

Were there any equipment/room problems during the session? (IF so, comment if there was/not a posted way for the speaker to contact event staff for assistance as well as the nature of the problem)

 

 

 

9

If attendees queued to ask follow up questions (after session completion), did the speaker treat them politely and give them at least 10 minutes post session time outside the room (they have to make room for next speaker)?

 

 

 

10

How many people were present 5-10 minutes prior to session end? (Do not count people that are obviously arriving for good seat at next session)

 

11

If attendees were rating the overall quality of the session on a scale of 1-5 (5 being highest), what do you think the average rating would be (based on interaction, applause, mood)? (Note, very subjective because others clapping tend to influence everyone to clap, but do your best to eval their response anyway)

 

12 Would you recommend this session be repeated at similar events?      
13 Would you recommend this speaker for similar events?      
14 Where there any environmental issues with the room (heat, ac, external noise)      
15 Was the lighting conducive to seeing the screen?      
16 Would you opt to attend a session by this speaker as a true attendee?      

 

 

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