Do you give feedback on presentations?

This article will talk about how you should give feedback on a presentation. In terms of the content of the feedback? That’s up to you.

No, this article isn’t going to talk to you about the “compliment sandwich” or anything of the sort either – it’s a highly tactical guide on the medium in which feedback should be communicated to the maker of the presentation.

Way to avoid #1: sending an email.

Why? It’s simple: when you give feedback that looks like this:

  • Slide 1: Change the title to “XYZ”
  • Slide 3: Delete this slide
  • Slide 7: Move to where slide 3 currently is
  • Slide…. etc.

The editor of the presentation who will be making the changes will probably want to set something on fire.

This is for two reasons:

  • 1) When they delete and/or move slides around – all of your carefully written out slide numbers mean nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. This is because the slide numbers all change as soon as a slide is deleted or moved.
  • 2) They’ll constantly have to look back and forth between their presentation software and the email that you sent them. If the feedback is long, they could be switch back and forth dozens (if not hundreds) of times.

So when is sending an email acceptable? Only when the feedback is high level. For instance, if your feedback is about the presentation overall or individual sections instead of individual slides.

This way, the presentation maker will be much more likely to understand what you’re asking them to do.

Way to avoid #2: sending a Word doc… attached to an email.

Ugh. Really? This is essentially the same thing as sending an email. Just read “Way to avoid #1” above…

Way to avoid #3: telling them in person or on the phone.

Or even worse, in the hallways as you just happen to pass each other and no one has a means to take notes.

While this method isn’t nearly as bad as #1 or #2 above, it’s still annoying for presentation makers and here’s why: They still have to write down everything that you told them.

Granted, yes, sometimes you’re really busy and don’t have time to sit down and actually write down your feedback – and that’s totally ok. Like I said there are some exceptions.

Another reason why this isn’t as bad is because it gives the presentation maker the ability to take notes they way they prefer. This way they can implement the feedback in whatever way they’d like.

So how exactly should you give feedback on a presentation?

Our recent video on our YouTube Channel covers this answer in :60 seconds flat. Well, nearly :60 seconds.

Seem simple enough?

Adding in a shape or comment to the slide itself either in PowerPoint or a PDF document, will allow the feedback to travel with the slides as they are shifted, moved and/or deleted.

Back to you…

How do you prefer to receive feedback on your presentations?

How do you prefer to give it?



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