4. Debriefing the Program

By focusing on three positives, eliminate the negative.


My goal is creating an excellent audience experience this time and a better one next time.  To improve I want to know how well I performed and what I could do better.  I ask my audiences for three reactions:


  • What did you like best?

  • What do you want me to expand?

  • What do you want me to add?


After workshops I ask participants to complete a quarter sheet form with three sentence stems seeking feedback on the above.  While this is seldom convenient after a speech, I can glean these points from those who want to chat after.  (The dashed arrows in the 4-DEEP figure are a reminder that Debriefing is seldom done.) 


Important Note: I do not seek negative comments (but they will come).  By focusing on the positives — what they liked, what they want more of, what they want added — the negatives will disappear.  It works for me.


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