2 Tips after a Job Well Done

We are constantly growing or falling backwards.

So  it stands to reason that any time we speakers/performers feel we have done well in front of an audience, whether accomplishing our intent (entertain, persuade, inform, call to action, etc.) or surviving the event unscathed, we are most ready for constructive feedback.

I used to hear from a basketball coach, Don’t spend time dwelling on your accolades. That’s the time you are most susceptible and vulnerable.

You can imagine the humiliation, when on a basketball court, just after an exciting slam dunk to capture the lead – the momentum in the air is contagious – the scoring team is answered by a slick offense that captures a three-pointer within seconds. Bummer. They just fell backward.

No time for dwelling on the past – stay present to the moment.

Speakers take note: Look around at what else is needed.

The audience will have questions or they will want advice. They have already moved on and want to take next steps based on your topic. Don’t dwell on accolades – stay in the present.

Whether a presentation goes well or not, it’s time to get constructive feedback.

But we are all most open to it when we believe we are worthy of it. So when things go well, look for ways to improve.

  • Where were the areas of relevance
  • where were the areas of confusion
  • what else did individuals want to know about

After a job well done, there is more work to do. Move forward and grow.

Share Button
On May 3rd, 2012, posted in: feedback, next steps, presentation by