Find Out What You Bring to the Table
Last month, we discussed how to give feedback to others. Although it’s always helpful to seek new perspectives, it’s also important to incorporate the knowledge and feedback of another key person: yourself. Self-feedback is a powerful tool.
As we approach the end of the year, take time to reflect on your presentation performance. What strengths can you continue to leverage? What are your opportunities for growth?
Here are some tips to help you, help yourself:
Record yourself practicing
Watching your video in different ways can uncover specific focus areas. Are you engaging? What is your body language conveying? Did you avoid the use of filler words? Use this handout as a guide to viewing your video recording and noting your observations.
Test out the virtual platform
When presenting or meeting virtually, practice on the platform prior to the event by logging in with an extra device. For example, if you plan on presenting using Zoom, create a practice Zoom meeting, then log in using your computer and your phone, iPad, or extra computer. The extra device will allow you to view your content from the audience’s perspective.
Analyze your audience
Before presenting, it is important to complete an audience analysis and adjust your presentation style accordingly. If you are presenting to an executive audience, what strengths should you bring to the table? Chances are that your style will differ from when you are presenting to your peers in a team meeting.
Remember, self-feedback is a powerful tool. It’s not always easy, but it is impactful. Take a moment to think about an upcoming presentation or meeting you have. Set aside time to apply these steps and purposefully leverage your presentation strengths and move the needle on the areas you want to develop.