How To Get Helpful Presentation Feedback

Receiving presentation feedback about our speeches and presentations can be tough on our self-esteem. If you can put your ego aside critiques can be invaluable to help you build your speech delivery skills.


Don’t strive to be perfect. A “perfect” public speaker sounds like a canned snake oil salesman. I’m not a fan of counting ums and ahhs or verbal ticks that make us the individuals we are. It’s those nuances (as long as they are not overtly distracting) that make us, us, and a compelling presenter to listen to.

It all lies with us, and our openness to grow to become better public speakers. The secret to growing as a presenter is our openness to those who critique us, and we do so by making it easy to share their feedback. Because we all want to be the type of speaker who actually makes a difference and receives sincere, well-deserved accolades, don’t we?


Sit with the feedback you receive.  Consider the presentation feedback that made you feel the most uncomfortable. Why did it make you feel that way? Did the critique sting a bit because there may be a grain of truth to it? Were there some responses that were unwarranted based on your experience?

The feedback that doesn’t serve you, simply toss away. Not all presentation feedback is sound because it may come with a bias that may not serve to help your improvement. However, the good insight, the bits that have real meat and help you improve, use those to figure out how you will integrate them to improve your next time holding the mic.

I’m pleased to share my first article written for American Express OPEN Forum that shares three more pieces of insight to help you grow and learn as a speaker in a safe, respectful way.

And I’d love to get your feedback. Do you find it easy or hard to listen to feedback? If you find it easy what skills have you built to make it so.

To your voice,



I help build confident voices so they’re heard.

Janice Tomich is the founder of Calculated Presentations, a company dedicated to bringing out speaker’s stories to influence change. Janice coaches professionals, entrepreneurs, TED and TEDx speakers. She is a champion for equal representation by a diverse pool of presenters for all speaking events. Follow Janice on Twitter @janicetomich, on Facebook, on LinkedIn and subscribe for bimonthly newsletter updates.

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