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This is my last new blog post.

Starting this weekend PodiumWise will become a “speaking tips library” featuring the 130+ pieces of advice I posted over a sixteen-month period.  The directory that was just added will become the new home page.  You will be able to use it to quickly find tips by their original title.

I want to thank all my regular readers for checking in every Monday and Thursday for my latest message.  I have enjoyed sharing my experience as a speaking coach.  My hope is that you found many ideas helpful in your quest to be a stronger speaker.

My last piece of advice: Never stop improving.

There is no such thing as a perfect speaker.  There is always one more thing you can do to take it up another notch.  That’s what makes public speaking such a worthy challenge.

Public speaking builds careers in a way few other skill sets can.  The better you get at connecting with audiences the more success you will know.

My work continues as President of Steele Presentation Coaching.  I invite you to occasionally visit my site www.steelepresentationcoaching.com.  My plan is to periodically offer a free report on presenting that can be downloaded.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, consider ordering a copy of my book: Presentation Skills 201: How to Take it to the Next Level as Confident, Engaging Presenter.  It can be found at many on-line book sources including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Once again, thank you for reading my blog!

Sincerely,

Bill Steele

It’s hard to get good feedback after a presentation or speech.

Ask your associates how they think you did and they’ll give you the same answer every time: “Great!”

If you push them for something more insightful, they still offer nothing.  I’m telling ya man, you did a nice job.  They’re simply not inclined to provide a useful critique.

So, when you do get an opportunity to receive substantive feedback in training or a coaching situation—value it.

I give this advice because I have had so many workshop participants devalue feedback with explanations and excuses.  I would have done better if  we had more time to prepare.  This material is new to me, so I don’t know it well yet.  I’ll do better when I’m actually in the field talking to real customers. 

There are always extenuating circumstances.  This is certainly true in the artificial environment of training.  But to deflect feedback without consideration is to throw away something valuable—and rare.  Something you are being told may hold the key to hitting a new level of effectiveness as a speaker.

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