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Things to Do After a Poor Performance During a Presentation

Things to Do After a Poor Performance During a Presentation

You will know if you did a terrible job during a presentation. You might not feel satisfied with yourself given your standards. You could also see the reaction of the people in the room while you were speaking. When they kept shaking their heads while you were talking or they felt bored throughout the presentation,

You will know if you did a terrible job during a presentation. You might not feel satisfied with yourself given your standards. You could also see the reaction of the people in the room while you were speaking. When they kept shaking their heads while you were talking or they felt bored throughout the presentation, it is a sign that you did not do the right thing. If you did not succeed in your presentation, it does not mean that everything is over. You need to do these things to pick yourself up and continue improving.

Ask for feedback

It helps if you ask for honest feedback from the people who attended the meeting. Let them know that you are willing to listen and that you want them to say their honest opinion about what you did. You can also ask for ways to improve your performance the next time. Make sure that you do not take anything personally because your goal is to develop yourself and it requires someone telling it straight to your face.

Take a break

Forget about what happened for a while since you might feel tired after the preparation and the final presentation. You need a break because you cannot go back and assess your performance when you still feel terrible. You need time to stop worrying about work-related issues and give time for yourself to enjoy a necessary break.

Review the recording of the presentation

You need to go through the recorded presentation when you are ready. You need to see yourself and what you did so that you can identify the ways to improve the next time. It might feel awkward if you do not usually see yourself on tape. However, you need to get through this step if you want to improve.

Rethink your ideas

It is possible that you presented the concepts well. The problem is that the ideas were terrible, to begin with. You cannot hide poor ideas with strong public speaking skills. The people in the room will still see through your mistakes and notice that the ideas are not as strong as you thought they were. Therefore, you need to spend time to re-examine what you did and strengthen the ideas. Next time, you might have a positive reception from the audience if they start seeing the point of what you are discussing.

Improve the environment for the discussion

Another reason why you did poorly was that the place was not conducive for the presentation. You did not have the correct seating arrangement. You also did not prepare snacks and drinks for the people. You did not even have the appropriate equipment like a Projector Wall Mount to ensure a smooth presentation. You should prepare the place ahead of time so that you are ready to speak once the audience arrives.

 

Do not feel sorry about what happened and be optimistic that you will do a better job in the future after analysing what you did wrong.

 

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