Criticism, also known as feedback, can actually help us improve our presentation skills.
No one enjoys being criticized! Yet, if you want to succeed, you’ve got to overcome all your natural instincts and actively seek out feedback, good and bad.
As a professional speaker, I know how it is. I face my critics every week. They’re called audiences. Not only do they rate me with their applause and laughter (or lack thereof), but frequently they’re asked to complete written evaluations, providing feedback for the meeting planners. I want those meeting planners to look like heroes, so I do everything possible to keep in top form. That means that I embrace and value criticism. I study those “evals” and listen to all comments, no matter how off the mark they may seem. And, even though I’ve been an executive speech coach and a professional speaker for decades, I still ask professional peers to be my toughest critics and give their feedback.
If you want to improve, you need to develop a positive, flexible, and creative attitude toward feedback. Here are eight practical ways to make criticism a positive and harness the power of feedback for your own success. (more…)
In an era of tough competition, presentations that persuade, educate, motivate, and inspire give you a competitive edge. Good presentation skills are no longer simply nice to have; they can mean career life or death.
Imagine yourself in the front row of a ballroom at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Sitting with you are 1,500 sales professionals from all over the world. This was a software company’s challenging January sales meeting. (more…)
Don Yaeger reveals lessons from the best in the sports world.
Are you a peak performer? Would you like to be? Would you like to be more effective than you already are? I recently teamed up with one of America’s most provocative thought leaders, Don Yaeger to uncover the “Habits of High-Performing Individuals” and invite you to enjoy a replay of this exciting FrippVT web event. Listen in as Don Yaeger reveals lessons learned from great winners that empower you and your team to pursue greatness both professionally and personally! Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, a nine-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. Few can lay claim to as exciting and colorful a career! Don draws from his years of studying the top performers and greatest winners in the world of sports to bring us important lessons we can apply to business leadership and personal achievement. (more…)
As a leader, the responsibility of communicating effectively rests squarely on your own shoulders.
“It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator,” observes leadership writer, Mike Myatt in Forbes magazine. As a leader, the responsibility of communicating effectively rests squarely on your own shoulders. This is true even if you are fortunate enough to have a communications department or team of speechwriters at your beck and call.