If you ever find yourself getting bored sitting in a meeting or presentation, stay tuned in by putting on your “presentation student hat.” Instead of judging the specific content of the presentation, pay closer attention to the presenter’s technique. That is, what is the presenter doing well, and what the presenter is doing that is distracting? You can also make note of suggestions and ideas of what the presenter could do to make it even better. While you may or may not offer these suggestions to the presenter, you will be sharpening your skills as a presentation coach. This simple act of observing others and learning from them will progress your communication mastery.
Download this worksheet: In-The-Moment Feedback – learn from other people’s presentations
Keep a few copies of this worksheet on hand whenever you attend a business meeting, conference or presentation. If you find yourself “checking out,” then check back in by using this worksheet. You can pay attention at a different level. This way, you’ll stay engaged and continue learning.
Hint: Don’t share unsolicited feedback. Always ask the person with whom you wish to share your feedback this important question: “Are you open to some feedback on your presentation?”