Val Adolph


Valerie Fletcher Adolph has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster designation and has presented on narrative topics at Toastmaster conferences and for the Federation of BC Writers.

She has produced works in a wide range of genres but her first love is story. Her understanding of narrative strategy and her keen insight into human character draws her readers effortlessly into a narrative experience.

Valerie’s writing has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals, as columns in weekly newspapers, magazines and in her blogs (which are read in 81 countries). Her work has been broadcast on CBC radio and featured in anthologies including, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

She has also published books about volunteering, leadership and about story building for Toastmasters International members.

Her working life encompasses teaching in England (where she was born and educated) and in Canada. She has worked with developmentally challenged people and with older ESL students.

She was a finalist in the contests of the 2007, 2009, 2010 Surrey International Writers Conference and winner of the Story Dynamics ‘Personal Story’ award in 2006.

This book about speech evaluation comes from eight years experience as a sought-after evaluator and as winner of her Division evaluation contest.

Where to find Val Adolph online


Listening: the Art of Speech Evaluation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,770. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Skills
This book is for Toastmasters who are asked to evaluate the speeches of others. In readable style and in short chapters it begins by looking at the principles underlying helpful and supportive speech evaluations. Written by a Distinguished Toastmaster, much of the book offers suggestions to help evaluators through some of the trickier evaluations as well as evaluation contests.

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