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Which mirror? The good one or the bad one?- Developing our skills as platform speakers

I’m never that bothered about seeing the ‘evaluation reports’ that the crowd fills in after they’ve heard you speak. I always know how it’s gone don’t you? 30, 60, 80 90% as you’d expected it to be, and the reactions that you got after the event, the number who’ve connected to you on twitter or linked in. You always kind of know. But you don’t really do you?

''See Dolores, your feet look tiny in those shoes...''

I’m never that bothered about seeing the ‘evaluation reports’ that the crowd fills in after they’ve heard you speak.  I always know how it’s gone don’t you?  30, 60, 80 90% as you’d expected it to be, and the reactions that you got after the  event, the number who’ve connected to you on twitter or linked in.  You always kind of know.  But you don’t really do you?

You don’t know how the people who liked you think it could have been improved, and how the people who hated you think it could have included them.  And that’s where the mirror comes in.  Given the choice would you choose the one that made you look slim, or the one that made you look even shorter, more square and stunted that you actually are.  I guess it depends on what it is you want to do with the information.

I’m pretty keen on getting better at what I do, even at the ripe old age of 47, so I’d always choose the darker of the two.  Basking in the superficial glow of a narrow glass ‘aint for me.  And even in the best of your performances isn’t there always more that you could do to do better next time?

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey
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