After every slide presentation performance, do you stop to reflect on how it went? The right time to do this is as soon as possible, otherwise many ideas will disappear and you will not be able to improve your next presentation.
Here are 12 questions to get you going:
- Did you run out of time? If so, why?
- Did you catch slide content mistakes as you were presenting? Spelling? Typos? Wrong numbers/calculations? Misalignments?
- Were there any slides with text too small to read for the audience in the back of the room?
- Were there any pictures or colors that did not display well?
- Were there any slides were you felt you did not do a good job presenting the message? Why?
- Were there any slides that you should delete or add next time?
- Were you asked any questions which were hard to answer?
- Was the presentation structure clear?
- Did the presentation flow?
- Do you feel you had rehearsed sufficiently?
- Did you feel that your message got through to your audience?
- Were there any technical problems with the equipment?
A post mortem routine is a good way to always improve. It’s usually done at the end of large projects to identify things that went well and those that did not.
After the self-analysis, you should modify the presentation so it is ready for the next occasion. If you don’t do it quickly, you will surely forget what needs to change.
Why not set yourself an appointment in your diary within 24 hours of your next presentation to do your post-mortem analysis? Or you could plan to do it on the plain/train trip back home.
If you have other questions that you would add to the list, drop me an email.