SpeakerScore launches new evaluation standard for public speakers
August 20, 2014 By Mette McCall


A new industry standard to measure the performance of public speakers is now available from SpeakerScore. The beta version of the evaluation tool is already used worldwide to benchmark talks, to train and educate speakers, and to help conference organizers quickly get feedback on how the audience perceives the talks given.
Copenhagen, Denmark, August 26, 2014: While athletes can use a stopwatch to measure, benchmark and compare performance, no similar universal standard has been available for public speakers until now. Realizing the need for a free, quick, easy-to-use evaluation tool able to measure audience perception of any talk, SpeakerScore has now launched a universal rating system. The solution lets the speaker or conference organizer easily share a simple, online evaluation form that asks the audience to rate from 1-100 four basic parameters on value, interest, expectations and presentation. The aggregate result is the speaker’s SpeakerScore collected from the audience in real time.

Co-founder, public speaker and Internet psychologist Anders Colding created the SpeakerScore solution after scouring the web for an easier way to get feedback on his talks:

“The process of evaluating had so many obstacles that most of the time it never happened. Lots of solutions exist for creating on-line questionnaires, but they are a lot of work to create and distribute. People are paralyzed by what questions to ask and — most importantly — you cannot easily compare your results from talk to talk or with someone else’s performance.”

How SpeakerScore is used

The evaluation tool has proven a huge asset for event planners and conference organizers looking to book effective speakers that resonate with the audience. For two consecutive years, Social Media Week Copenhagen has used SpeakerScore to source feedback and rank their speakers accordingly.

"As event organizers, we now have an easy way to monitor how engaged our audience is and whether they’re getting valuable takeaways from the various presentations. We can also quickly find out who our best speakers are," says event organizer Mads Ehrhardt.

Because SpeakerScore’s quick evaluation form applies to any type of talk from college commencement speeches to sales pitches, it’s becoming an important tool in class room settings as well. Kenia Brown, a speech instructor at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, relies heavily on SpeakerScore to provide her students an opportunity to qualitatively evaluate peers on their assignments.

“SpeakerScore is ridiculously simple to use and valuable in providing speech delivery feedback. There’s literally no learning curve. Now, it’s not just me grading the student performances, but the whole class that provides feedback immediately after the presentation. I think every public speaking teacher should use SpeakerScore in their classrooms.”

Experienced speakers like sales consultant Ole Bach Andersen has also found SpeakerScore to be an indispensible and reliable feedback solution. Eighty-eight of Andersen’s talks have now been evaluated using the tool, resulting in an overall SpeakerScore of 85. He uses this tangible, numerical accomplishment to market his skills:

“I always open my pitch to a conference organizer or booking agent by referring to my SpeakerScore. The fact that my scores are presented by an independent, third party provider makes it easier to use them proactively when pitching my talks.”

Other professional speakers use the tool to benchmark their progress. Even world record holders have room for improvement. Freediving World Champion and a Multiple Guiness World Record holder Stig Severinsen uses SpeakerScore to hone his speaking craft, and as a competitive athlete understands the value of an evaluation tool. “I’m as fascinated with improving my own records as I am beating those of others. SpeakerScore makes it easy to get immediate feedback from my audience – without the hassle of sending paper back and forth. I get feedback while it’s still fresh in the mind of my audience, and they can use the tool on many different platforms, be it tablets, laptops or cell phones.”

About SpeakerScore

SpeakerScore offers a free, revolutionary evaluation tool for public speakers around the world. This quick, easy way to get immediate, online feedback on talks without sifting through piles of paper or tediously inputting data into a spreadsheet is changing the way speakers perform, fine tune and market their speaking talent.

A recent study by the reputable Scandinavian survey institute Voxmeter reveals that it’s important for people to be given the opportunity to evaluate their experience of an event, and how the evaluation takes place is significant. Talks in which evaluations are offered afterwards are generally regarded more favorably than talks where no evaluation is offered. Because the SpeakerScore evaluation form is standard based, it takes only a couple of minutes to add info on the talk and distribute it. The audience receives a feedback key, allowing them to quickly rate and return the evaluation through any online platform. The sender of the evaluation form can access the feedback in realtime and can easily share graphical breakdowns of single scores or aggregate results through private access or public widgets.

SpeakerScore is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Company contact:

Anders Colding
Email: anders@speakerscore.com
Phone: +45-6167-8913

Press contact:

McCall Media
Mette McCall
Email: mccall@speakerscore.com
Phone: +1-415-847-8649

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