Evaluating your Performance
Once the presentation has taken place, many of us would prefer
to forget all about it. However, this makes it difficult to
learn from experience and to develop our skills further. Instead
give yourself a day or two for the emotion to die down, then
review your 'performance'. Consider what went well and identify
ways you can improve for next time. This How
Did My Presentation Go? document may help you to record
Suggestions for evaluating your performance:
- Begin by focussing on what went well - there will always
- Visualise your audience. Did they seem interested, engaged,
bored or frustrated at particular points? Why might this have
- Think about whether there were any points that you failed
to convince your audience of. Why was this?
Ask yourself whether there were any points when you felt
particularly nervous, and if so, why?
Ask your assessor, lecturer or friends who were in the
audience for feedback. You might ask them to use the Assessing
Oral Presentations document
to help them to structure
- Look through your visual aids and prompt cards. Think about
how you would used them during the presentation and whether
you want to amend your approach next time.
Ask yourself whether you felt you had enough time to
prepare, or how you would spend your time planning your
presentation in the future.
- If your presentation was video recorded watch it back and
note good points and areas of improvement.
Based on your reflection, and the resources in this
website, make a list of action to take to improve for next
Watch and Learn
The video clips on the right hand side of the screen illustrate
several of the points made above and the discussion points aim
to support you in evaluating these examples and your own practice.
Follow the reading
list and useful
websites links for further suggestions.