Perfecting Your Seminar – Feedback

    For every seminar that you have, improvements have to be made in order to attract new participants. There is no such thing as a perfect seminar as there will always be room for improvements. Sometimes as a speaker, one may find it difficult to identify or even accept their flaws. This is why feedback plays a significant role in improving the way you present yourself to your audience.

    There are multiple ways in which you can obtain feedback. Perhaps the first method is by using your own senses and judgment. Although you may be focus on presenting your content, it would be best to monitor and pay attention to how the audience responds to the different aspects of the seminar as well. There’s definitely bound to be certain indication of how your participants are feeling. For example, if you see a number of people yawning and leaving the room, it’s quite a clear indication that your seminar is getting boring. Also, if you notice multiple frowns and puzzled faces, then it could mean that they do not quite understand what you are talking about. Ideally, you would want to have your audience diligently listening and taking down notes. Based on your judgment, you should try your best to modify your presentation on the spot. Regardless, you should always evaluate your performance at the end to figure out what went wrong and how you can improve in your next seminar.

    Sometimes, facial expressions can be rather deceiving. Hence, you should always create a feedback form to let your audience members fill up. Try to set your questions as specific as possible and pay attention to details. For example, you can ask which portion of the seminar they enjoyed the most and which part they enjoyed the least. By gathering feedback, it allows you to fine tune your skills, so that you can improve on future seminars. Through such questions, it will allow you to identify those elements of the seminar that you can consider replacing with something else.

    Do not be surprised or anger if you do receive negative feedback. At the end of the day, all of the feedback you receive, be it positive or negative, is to assist you in becoming a better presenter and person too. Therefore, accept everything and make changes to better yourself.

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