Take the Sting Out of Negative Feedback

Take the Sting Out of Negative Feedback

One of the risks of giving presentations is receiving negative feedback. Bad reviews happen. Lick your wounds, but don’t dwell on it or let it shake your confidence.  Sometimes we’re off our game. Sometimes we’re not the right fit for the audience.

Occasional low scores do happen, and you will get negative feedback. Your style and content can’t possibly appeal to each and every person. It’s almost like a rite of passage for speakers. It means you are taking risks and getting out there!

Evaluate the feedback

When it does happen, try to get specific information as to what the audience didn’t like. Don’t buy into every piece of negative feedback you receive. Try to view it objectively and evaluate it. If you feel the feedback is valid, work on making adjustments for your next talk. If you find you’re getting low scores consistently, then it may be time to invest in hiring a speaking coach.

Whatever happens, don’t stop speaking! Get back in the front of the room and keep at it. God created you for a specific purpose, and if you know that delivering a certain message is part of that purpose, don’t let anyone or anything hold you back!

If you haven’t watched it yet, check out episode 13 of Crazy Good Talks™ TV. In it, I share a personal story of a time I received negative feedback. You’ll also get access to a worksheet to help you objectively manage negative feedback and the emotions that come with it.

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