Tips on Giving Feedback
- Focus on what to do, not what not to do. Find a replacement behavior.
- Agree on feedback guidelines for your group!
- You can only talk about yourself/your own experience, don't judge others' experience.
- Give examples of positive feedback
Tips for Things to Listen/Watch for in Your Speaking
- Listen for strength of the bottom lines
- Listen for breaks/distinction in the modules
- Listen for the pacing and speed of your speech.
- Volume: quiet vs loud -- modulate your volume to reflect the intent of your words.
- Facial expression - does subject match tone delivery? Congruence!
- Body language/posture/hand gestures - this comes with recording - capture whole body/or back up the camera.
- Purposefulness of what the presenter is doing - notice it in yourself.
- How to replace um/uh? - "Just stop" only works when you are self-aware!
Tips for Breaking a Tough Habit
- Listen for your ums and uhs, or any other idiosyncratic fillers, build the awareness and you will self-regulate!
- If you don't hear them, try this: Speak so slow, that there's room to hear what's going on.
- Everytime you say an um put your finger in the air. Physical acknowledgement happens!
Tips for Communicating Through Your Content
- Watch out for use of metaphor - does it help get the point across? Is it cross-culturally understood?
- How do I make a better bottom line?
- Can I have some tips on starting strong?
- How should I do Intros and Outros?
- How can I create Drama!
- In story telling, how far is too far?
- What are some good ways to set up a demo?
- What to do when I get lost half way through?
- I'm nervous, now what?
- Where can I find better visuals, and how should I use them?
- I keep having the same vocal problems and people can't understand me or are distracted. How can I break through?
- Extreme over-enunciation - Focus on each individual sound coming out of your mouth. Repeat this a bunch of times.
- Super Slow Down - When practicing, try speaking extremely slowly. No really, slower. Slowwwwwwerrrrrrrr.
- Say Less - If you say less, more gets through. It forces you to get to the heart of the content.