How to Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive

personal-feedback-giving-receiving-face-to-face-30377424Being speakers and presenters, one would think that they are used to getting all kinds of feedback. After all, you need to have thick skin if you want to improve your craft in facing the public, conveying your message and persuading your audience. However, speakers and presenters are still people with feelings and they get to be sensitive to feedback, especially negative feedback.

In order to overcome this kind of sensitivity, you can turn negative situation into something positive like how this one speaker turned disses into raves!

Her name is Shirley Gutkowski. Find out more how she was able to make light of this grave situation by heading to this link: An inspiring speaking story — from disses to raves

The Right Kind of Jewelry for Presenters

jewelry-set-12473989Most presentations and talks are done in a formal setting. With this in mind, it’s good to know what kinds of jewelry a speaker or presenter must wear to further establish his or her credibility to the audience.

Below are seven (7) things to keep in mind when it comes to wearing jewelry for presenters:

1. Earrings

Basically, wear a pair that matches your formal outfit. Make sure it;s not distracting and exudes a classic and simple design.

2. Necklaces

Necklaces made of beads or those with small pendants would be best.

3. Watches

Wrist watches with leather or metal band is ideal.

4. Rings

There should just be one set of ring on each hand and this already includes a wedding or an engagement ring.

5. Cufflinks

Classically shaped cufflinks are good like round or square ones.

6. Lapel Pins

Lapel pins are worn best when you wear a suit jacket and choose one which represents you best but in a subtle way.

To know more about the rules when wearing jewelry as a presenter, please head to:  The Laws of Jewelry for Presenters

Perfect Gifts for Speakers

Ho ho ho! It’s only 4 more days before Christmas. Have you already completed your gift list this year? If you’re thinking of getting something special for your favorite speaker, or perhaps, as a speaker, you want to treat yourself to a gift, here are 5 things worth considering:

  1. Leather portfolio – to basically look cool
  2. iPad 2 loaded with speaking apps – because you want to travel light
  3. Flip Cams – get as many as you can to record yourself (you can even ask your audience to record you) and come up with an awesome video of your talk
  4. The King’s Speech DVD – to inspire you
  5. Stylish speaking outfit – because you want to feel dignified and respected

I got this list from Nick Morgan’s blog post, 5 last-minute gifts for speakers, and I think they’re perfect!