Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Practice with your team People born in the year of the Snake are idealists. On the outside, they may seem cold but, deep inside, they are warm and enthusiastic. Giving feedback Topic and technical depth • • • • •
“Is the message easy to understand? Are there any confusing sections or missing points? Are any terms unfamiliar or need more context? How does the content line up with your expectations? Does it match the talk description? What do you think the audience will ask in the Q&A? Does this inspire the audience to try something new? Or do more research afterward?”
Slide Design • • • •
“Can you read everything on the slides? Will people in the back of a large room be able to? Does each slide offer the right amount of info? Are you spending more time reading than listening? Do any of the slides have extraneous content? (Browser window add-ons, dates from email screenshots, irrelevant code in snippets, etc.) Are fonts, colors, and other design elements consistent?”
Narrative • • • • • •
“Do you feel yourself tuning out at any point? Are there any spots where I get too into the weeds? What parts are most compelling to you? Did any words, slang, references, or jokes catch you by surprise or otherwise distract you? How effective is the bigger idea at the end? Is the takeaway meaningful even if someone already knows the meat of the talk? Presentation style This can be a sensitive topic! Feel free to have your feedback crew send pointers in private.