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You video recorded your participants making their presentations. Now, what parameters should you use to evaluate them? Learn the 3 parameters on which you should evaluate your participants in your Presentation skills training programs.

Your presentation skills training evaluation parameters reinforce your lessons:

The parameters you use to evaluate your participants will primarily depend on the lessons you covered in your program. With that said, there are certain parameters that are worth including in your presentation rubric to make your evaluation complete.

These are the parameters we use in our Presentation skills training programs.

Criteria for deciding the evaluation parameters:

Many trainers make the mistake of evaluating videos only for obvious aspects like negative body language or distracting mannerisms of the presenters. Since these aspects stick out like sore thumb it is easy to harp on these forever.

When you highlight the negatives, participants object to having their videos shared with others.

A good evaluation draws participant’s attention to subtler aspects that are normally missed. That is why our evaluation parameters give equal emphasis on the clarity of message and the effectiveness of delivery.

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Evaluation Parameters:

Video analysis is primarily used to evaluate the delivery aspects of the presentations. Over the years, we’ve seen that the effectiveness of delivery is a good indicator of the strength of the underlying content.

Thus, the parameters for presentation evaluation may be classified into 3 main categories. They are

  1. Presentation Structure
  2. Method of Delivery and
  3. Style of Delivery

Let us understand the parameters in detail.

A) Presentation Structure

1. Story flow:

This parameter is used to evaluate the flow structure chosen to build the presentation. The structure could be anything from – ‘Problem – cause- solution’ to ‘Goal – path- challenges’. The evaluation is based on clarity and logic of the argument.

2. Message clarity in slides:

The questions to evaluate this parameter are:

  • Do the PowerPoint slides serve as teleprompter for the presenter or do they help the audience understand the information better?
  • Can the audience derive a clear message from each slide?
  • Are the assertions supported with credible data, pictures or diagrams?

Related: Evaluating PowerPoint Presentations

3. Visual representation of ideas:

Did the presenter use charts, diagrams and images to explain the ideas clearly? Are the slides clean, without any unnecessary information? Has the presenter used meaningful animation to present ideas in stages?

B) Method of Delivery

4. Effective opening:

The 2 questions used to consider the effectiveness of opening are –

  1. Was the opening strong enough to grab the audience attention?
  2. Did the opening help the presenter to establish credibility?

5. Audience engagement:

Did the presenter engage the audience by asking questions or eliciting views? Did s/he acknowledge the comments and questions of the audience?

6. Verbal transitions between slides:

Did the presenter consistently summarize the current slide and give a preview of the next slide, before showing the next slide?

Verbal transition ensures that the audience stays connected with the story. It indicates that the presenter has built the slide structure based on a strong presentation outline. When a presenter uses verbal transition consistently, it shows that he/she has sufficiently rehearsed the presentation.

C) Style of Delivery

7. Eye contact:

Did the presenter maintain sufficient eye contact with the audience? Did he/she give equal attention to everyone in the room?

8. Voice clarity:

Could the last person in the audience clearly hear the voice of the presenter? Was there sufficient modulation in the voice?

9. Hand gestures:

Were there nervous hand gestures? Was the hand movement used to emphasize key points in the speech? Were there any distracting hand gestures like jangling of coins, clutching the marker etc?

10. Movement:

Did the presenter seek the comfort of the podium or move around freely? Did s/he pace the room nervously or commit other body language blunders? Did the presenter move away from the audience when faced with uncomfortable questions? Did he/she step forward when asking for a decision from the audience?


These 10 parameters help you effectively evaluate the video recordings of your participants in Presentation skill training workshop.

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