Improve Your Presentation: Sample Questions to Elicit Feedback
This article will help anyone give a presentation or a speech
All About Content
- Did you learn something today you didn't know before?
- How will you use the information you obtained?
- Was the presentation too long, too short, or just right? How did you come to your conclusion?
- Did anything I say confuse you?
- On a scale of 1 to 10 for "easy to understand content," would you rate the presentation a high of 10? Please explain your choice.
All About Environment
- Was the room temperature comfortable?
- Could you hear the presentation with ease?
- Do you prefer the table seating arrangement used today? What do you like or dislike about it?
- Would you like more or less break time? Why?
- If applicable: Did you find it easy to travel to this location?
All About Visual Aids
- Were the slides (or specific visual aids) useful? In what way?
- Did you have sufficient time to read or study them? If not, should I show fewer slides?
- Should each slide contain more or less information?
- Was the commentary accompanied slides distracting, and, if so, what suggestions can you make to improve the visual portion of the presentation?
- Would the presentation have been as good or better without visual aids? Please explain why.
All About Me
- Did I speak clearly, or did you miss hearing some of what I said?
- Did I make you feel comfortable about asking questions or making comments?
- I realize that an attendee spends a lot of time looking at the speaker, so I hope you don't mind if I ask: Do I look okay? Is there anything about my personal appearance I should change for the benefit of listeners?
- Do you think I know my topic well? If not, what did I say, or not say, that makes you think so?
- If you were trying to decide to attend another workshop and learned that I was the presenter, would that influence your decision? Please explain.
All About This and That
- Do you think the admission fee is reasonable?
- On a personal level: Did you have fun, and if not, why not?
- You received the speaker's e-mail address. Will you use it?
- Do you think the many illustrations the speaker used will help you remember information and how to use it?
- What was the best thing about this presentation? What was the worst thing?
Don't forget to thank participants for giving you feedback.
Act like a sponge and absorb information you obtain. Make note of answers and keep them available for future reference. If you don't gathering the information is a waste of time.
How to Give A Great Speech
Public speaking is never easy, unless you are a natural at it, and most of us are not a natural with public speaking. In fact, public speaking is one of the biggest fears.
The best way to give a speech or a presentation is to not rely very much on notes, but to speak from experience and knowledge. Talking about what you know about and are passionate about is the best way to give a speech.
Speaking from knowledge and experience without constantly looking at notes give the impression to your audience that you really know and believe what you are talking about. By doing this, your audience will believe in your message and hang on every word.
This might be the hardest part about giving a speech or a presentation, getting your audience to believe in your message. If you believe what you are saying, your audience will also believe in what you are saying. Not easy, but very doable if you know exactly what you are talking about and the message you are delivering to your audience.
If you write out our presentation, read it out loud several time as if you are hear someone hear speaking it. This can help you edit your speech and come up with the best words and pauses. Learn about body language, because body language is also important and can portray a positive attitude.
Easier said than done actually, but if you are afraid, you will come across as nervous. Don’t be afraid to be a little funny, just remember you are not a stand up comic. Never talk down to your audience, talk to them as if you were sitting across the kitchen table with a cup of coffee talking with your best friend. Always talk to and never talk down.