Originally Posted by Nuance
That's a great idea; one I've been pondering myself. I'd like the opinion on the majority about this, though, as I don't want this to be too formal. Our goal is to ensure everyone has fun and gets enough listening time in with each speaker. If an evaluation sheet will inhibit that or slow down the process I think we should skip it. Thoughts?
Just a suggestion....use a prepared form for speaker evaluation, but keep notes simple and for personal use. With the focus of a form, you'll all have a common jumping off point for discussion of speaker attributes (while enjoying that adult beverage!). And you needn't reinvent the wheel. There are many performance evalution models out there to copy. The loftier your goals of evaluation (vs. entertainment and comraderie), of course, the more detailed and formal your data report forms and A/B/X protocols need to be. But that gets to be a lot of tiring work for the attendees.
We've had GTG's that were casual, or formal, or one that was almost like a mini-RMAF. By far the most fun for the attendees was the casual GTG in 2008 where we just listened and pallavered about the speakers...giving each other feedback while knocking down a beverage or two.
The most rewarding, but entailing way too much work, was the big 2009 GTG we had when Jim and Mary Salk attended. We had a couple dozen sponsors for that one. Fabulous time.
The one providing the richest amount of information was in 2010, when Dennis attended. We were reasonably formal with our (listening format) design, speaker presentation, and reporting. But we were drained at day's end.
Once again....I'd suggest taking the FUN route.