Thought Trap #3: Mental filter

Speak Schmeak

Thought Trap #3: Mental Filter You pick a single negative detail and obsess on it so that your vision of reality becomes blocked, like blinders on a horse. In situations with both positive and negative aspects, you dwell on the latter. You know it went well, the audience is responsive and has great things to say afterward, and you achieved what you were trying to achieve. But you get one negative evaluation, and that's all you think about.

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Would people tell you if you sucked?

Speak Schmeak

Anonymous evaluations If you've never had your audience fill out evaluations, they're worth giving out now and then. It's easy to dwell on the one or two low scores or negative comments out of 100, so don't take it too personally, but look at the evaluation as an opportunity to tailor your presentation even more to what the audience is looking for. Here's a compilation of responses from speakers about how they deal with a negative evaluation.

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Would people tell you if you sucked?

Speak Schmeak

Anonymous evaluations If you've never had your audience fill out evaluations, they're worth giving out now and then. It's easy to dwell on the one or two low scores or negative comments out of 100, so don't take it too personally, but look at the evaluation as an opportunity to tailor your presentation even more to what the audience is looking for. Here's a compilation of responses from speakers about how they deal with a negative evaluation.

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5 ways to stop repeating the same mistakes

Speak Schmeak

But you also have to evaluate yourself honestly and find ways to build on the skills you already have and keep improving, or else you will stagnate. Use anonymous evaluations There are differing opinions on evaluations , and I've gone back and forth on the practice myself. Here's a great compilation of responses on SpeakerNet News on how to handle negative evaluations.)

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