Asking for honest feedback can put ourselves and our colleagues in an awkward position. People are afraid of hurting your feelings, especially when they can see that you put a lot of effort into your PowerPoint presentation. Hearing “good job” might be satisfying for your ego, but it doesn’t do much in terms of developing your presentation skills.
Receiving constructive and honest feedback is vital; there are 30 million PowerPoint presentations given each day and accepting generic or positive feedback won’t reveal your strengths or areas of improvement. Encouraging honest feedback is beneficial to your career development, workplace collaboration, and investor relations. Ensuring that you have a holistic understanding of where you can better present data and relay worthwhile information is an essential skill in any industry. Consider our following tips and you can get started on creating a presentation that reveals your true potential.
It’s important to structure your feedback to reflect the kind of insight you need to keep improving your presentations. It doesn’t mean you take a random group sample of everyone in the office. Instead, select a few sincere and dependable people to review your presentation. Being candid about asking and receiving feedback means that you take initiative and that you do so with intention. You need to state the issue clearly and discern what kind of information would be valuable to you. For example, “ I’m seeking to improve my communication skills. Did you think I conveyed my message clearly?” Asking closed-questions, like “did you think it was good?”, limits the ability of your audience to provide you with the detailed feedback you desire.
Timing is of the Essence
When asking for feedback, it’s better to ask after you’ve given your presentation. This is because your audience has it fresh in their mind. Asking a week later or waiting for an internal review is too late for any valuable exchange of information. Waiting for feedback also means that by the time your next presentations comes around, you will have made no improvements. Striving for progress and self-growth is cultivated by consistent and timely feedback. And it also means your audience is excited to hear you speak because you provide them with something fresh each presentation.
Observe Non-Verbal Feedback
During your presentation, do you see your audience fidget or shuffle in their seats? Maybe you catch someone nodding along. But what if they’re nodding off instead? Observing non-verbal feedback is imperative. Your audience is providing you with real-time information and a way for you to tune your behaviour to their current needs. Pay attention to the immediate feedback your audience provides you through their body language. By taking a mental note of the visceral reactions of your audience, you can highlight areas that might be too difficult to understand and improve on presentation coherency.
Feedback builds trust. By asking for regular constructive feedback, you create an open and vibrant environment where your team can communicate without barriers. Transparency and feedback are valuable to any place workplace. Rewarding useful, honest feedback leads to better collaboration and productivity, and it’s an indicator of healthy communication and trust in the workplace. And it means that no one has to sit through another boring PowerPoint presentation again.
So before you give your next PowerPoint Presentation, be receptive to criticism and reap the benefits of fostering honest communication. Click here to help you prepare.