We all need feedback to get a clear, unbiased view of our own performance.
So as you head into your next big presentation, don’t overestimate or underestimate how prepared you really are.
Be sure to gather some confirming facts as part of your preparation. Follow Ann Landers’ thoughtful advice . . .
“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
OK, it’s the night before your big presentation. You need some immediate feedback, but it sounds like your dog is off the list. Where do you go next?
Even before Fido, your first tendency may have been to self-assess your own preparedness. Time to try it out and see how it looks. Now, where’s my mirror and tape recorder?
As it turns out, self-assessments are another not-so-hot choice of limited value.
Cornell psychology professors David Dunning and Justin Krueger made some interesting observations about how we measure ourselves in their 1999 paper, Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessment.
Their research showed that the less competent someone is in a particular skill area, the more likely they are to overestimate their ability and performance.
Conversely, the more competent an individual is at a particular skill the more likely they are to underestimate their ability and performance.
OK, the dog’s out. Your self-assessment...out. So now where do you go to solve this problem and get some solid, unbiased communications feedback during your preparation?
Mandel has a great answer.
Take just a few minutes to download the Orai App to your phone.
A personal communications coach and reinforcement tool, Orai combines the latest in artificial intelligence with Mandel’s world-class presentation skills content and expertise. It gives you an easy way to practice and get instant feedback on key communication skills, like:
- Powerful Pausing
- Reducing Filler Words
- Slowing the Pace
- Speaking With Clarity
- Pumping Up the Energy
With the Orai App, you’ll get a lot more feedback than just a tail wag (or reflection in a mirror).
Along with powerful skills assessment tools, you’ll find bite-sized practice exercises and guided lessons to help you prepare.
The Dunning and Krueger paper includes a fitting quote from Thomas Jefferson on the need for feedback:
“He who knows best, best knows how little he knows.”
You can read more about the Orai App and download it here.
Under normal circumstances, staying present and being able to fully commit to listening is difficult. However, in this new reality of digital interaction and mental fatigue, listening has a new set of challenges.There’s good news. We can make listening easier in our virtual meetings, improving the experience of our participants! Here are a few tips.
What does the hit on Netflix called The Queen’s Gambit tell us about how to sell in a virtual setting? Actually, something very important.
Before we break down how this show teaches us the key to virtual selling let’s look at the backstory.
People in communities across the globe are adjusting to communicating while wearing masks. As we’re all experiencing, masks present both verbal and non-verbal communication challenges.Given this, we’ve prepared 5 tips for effective communications while wearing a mask, and compiled several insightful articles from leading publications on additional best practices.
Mandel Communications, known globally for its presentation and conversations skills workshops, fills a major gap in the field of human communications training by announcing its new neuroscience-based, listening skills-building workshop, “The Listening Edge.”
This innovative training is bolstered with a validated, proprietary, science-based personal listening assessment that accelerates this learning and its application on the job.
As we continue to work in remote environments, virtual video meetings are keeping us connected and business moving forward. They’re also leaving us exhausted. The extra mental processing required to navigate screen-based interactions means even those accustomed to frequent meetings are experiencing the burnout. To restore and productivity, consider four alternatives for business communication that eliminate the screentime.
It happened fast. One day you were meeting with your colleagues at the office. The next day you and everyone you work with are working in remote isolation from home. Whether you’re new to working remotely or an experienced veteran, we all need to raise our virtual collaboration game to not only make this new reality work, but to make it work really well. Read on to discover seven practical, high impact tactics you can implement right now to ensure the success of your virtual meetings.
With travel restrictions, reduced in-person meetings, and canceled events, many organizations have employees working from home. For remote team members interested in brushing up on virtual communication skills, we’ve put together a list of helpful articles.
Customers coming to a user conference aren’t there for the fanfare, they’re there for the expertise. If you’re an expert speaking at a user conference, you’re highly knowledgeable and passionate about your topic, but you might not be an expert at speaking in front of an audience. Here are five practical tips that you can implement right away for any upcoming speaking event.
Meetings are more effective when people aren’t distracted. If your team is being taken off course by unexpected emotions, empathy can help build the bridge between wasted time and productivity. Brad Holst shares three ways to increase meeting productivity with empathy in this week’s blog.
Learn how making a few smart, yet simple, changes to your email can improve your odds of quickly getting the response you need.
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