Everybody loves a compliment. Not everyone enjoys criticism, even if it’s constructive and politely delivered, but the fact is that it’s difficult to get better at what you do without periodic evaluations of your performances.
It’s only been a few years since I committed to start speaking publicly to share my knowledge and improve my public speaking skills. I’ve learned a lot about creating and delivering presentations, but I’d like to get better, and it’s continual feedback that helps me do that. To assist in this process, I’ve created a profile at SpeakerRate.com, a relatively new website that allows presentation attendees to rate the presenter and leave some brief comments. Once you’ve registered on the site as a presentation attendee, you can rate and comment on sessions which you’ve attended. I created an entry for each of the six talks I’ve done this year, and if you’ve attended any of these, I’d appreciate your feedback and comments.
If you’re a speaker, I recommend registering on the site. Sure, you’ve got to have thick skin to expose yourself to this kind of judgment, but if you’re speaking in public you’re doing that anyway, right? If you do register and you’ve seen me in one of your talks, let me know and I’ll be happy to share my notes.