Oral Communication

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 your thoughts.

Suggestions for evaluating your performance:

  • Begin by focussing on what went well - there will always be something!
  • Visualise your audience. Did they seem interested, engaged, bored or frustrated at particular points? Why might this have been?
  • 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 their feedback.
  • 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 time.

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.


Brunel University (West London)

Evaluating with Friends

Identifying Areas for Improvement

Overcoming Nerves