Self-Evaluation and Reflection

Evaluating yourself after a speech is often an uncomfortable experience. (Have you watched the video Review Your Speech (In Mute)?) However, taking the time to reflect on your performance can help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses during the speech and improve your skills for the future.  This video gives you tips and suggestions on how you can effectively complete a self-evaluation and reflection of your next public speech or presentation.


· Why should you reflect upon a presentation when you’re finished?

· Why is self-evaluation an important post-speech technique?

· How can I reflect upon my experience in a way that will benefit me in the future?

· What questions can I ask myself about my public speaking performance?

· What are effective ways to process the post-speech thoughts that I gather?


You practiced and prepared and you delivered a great presentation, but the work’s not done yet. This series of videos will help you know what to do after the speech.

If you really want to improve as a public speaker, you’re going to have to do something that may make you a little bit uncomfortable. You have to self-evaluate and self-reflect. Yes, I know it’s not the most comfortable thing to, but doing these exercises will help you understand your strengths and your weaknesses as a presenter and ultimately make you a better communicator.

After any presentation you do, as soon after the presentation as possible, you should write down what you feel you did well and what you feel you can improve on. Also, write down your overall feel about the presentation. Did you feel happy? Did you feel sad? Did you feel nervous? Gauge those things so that when you’re in a similar situation you can know what to expect for next time. That’s a great way to do an immediate self-evaluation.

Once you’ve had some distance from your presentation and taken a step back, that’s when you should do self-reflection. Ask yourself questions like “How can I improve for next time?” and “What can I do to make my audience connect with me more?” Then you have time to reflect on those and make an action plan for your next presentation so it will be better.

The video’s transcript will be uploaded here upon release.


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