Goal-Oriented Meetings


Goal-oriented meetings are special meetings in which the club focuses on evaluating and improving a particular aspect of speeches. A few examples would be:


  • Body language
  • Pacing
  • Vocal variety
  • Speech structure
  • Use of props
  • Use of statistics
  • Use of metaphors
  • Speech openings
  • Speech conclusions


Many other options are possible; what is really important is to focus on a single goal at a time. Do not try to have solve-it-all meetings, as they are much less effective.


Goal-oriented meetings are the responsibility of the Vice President of Education of the club.



1. The theme or goal of the meeting is announced in advance and a special evaluator is appointed for the meeting.


2. The meeting uses a normal agenda, and all the members do their regular tasks and speeches as usual.  A goal-oriented meeting does not mean that other goals (especially the ones from the educational program) are abandoned or replaced. For example, if a member has to deliver a speech in which the main goal is vocal variety, and the goal of the meeting is improving body language, then that member needs to focus on both things.


3. At the end of the meeting, the special evaluator presents his report. The report must touch everyone that has had any role whatsoever. This includes the meeting leader, speakers, hot question "volunteers",  etc. It is complicated to give an extensive report for everyone, but the evaluator should strive to provide at least one or two points of improvements for every role. If any of the members did something particularly good in the field that is being evaluated, that should be pointed out as well, as an example to others. The amount of time allocated to this section depends on the number of participants in the meeting. Usually, between 5 and 10 minutes should be enough.






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