Major Mistakes Ep 02: The Week Before

Feedback can be powerful and it can also be paralyzing. Be sure that you're asking for the right feedback at the right time.


Takeaways What Not to Do:


  • Mindset

    Too much last-minute feedback and not trusting yourself.

  • Wardrobe

    Not planning out and testing out your outfits.

  • Planning

    Saving tasks to the last minute can derail you and require you to lose your focus.

So, it's a week before your next speaking event and you think, "You know what, I'm going to get all of my best friends together and give my talk to them and get feedback!" Don't do that. Absolutely don't do that.Kymberlee

So, it's a week before your next speaking event and you think, "You know what? I'm going to get all of my best friends together and give my talk to them and get feedback!"

So you invite six of your closest friends and you do your talk and they all give you advice. Different advice. A ton of advice. Or, it's a week before your talk and you think, "I don't know what I'm going to wear but I'll just figure it out the day of or I'll just grab something and put it on and go."

Don't do that.

I see these mistakes happen often for people who are giving their talk and they're only a week away. When you ask your friends to gather and give you feedback for your talk, they will. And your friends may or may not have expertise in speaking, but they think that they want to provide value so they'll come up with something that they want you to change or something that they want you to do, which may or may not be great advice. Or, they give you advice, which completely throws you off, and now, all of a sudden you have to come up with your talk and create a whole new kind of transition for your talk and that's going to stress you out more.

Don't do that. What you can do instead is invite your friends to give feedback a month before or longer. Or, you can say to them, "Please give feedback to me but all I'm looking for is feedback on my movement. Just on the performance piece. Am I doing anything repetitive? Am I clasping my hands? What am I doing that performance wise is distracting to my talk?"

As far as planning out your outfit, you need to know what you're going to wear. Don't leave that to the last minute. If you wait, then you're going to have that in your mind on the day of your talk. You don't want to be thinking about anything but the talk itself the day of the talk. So plan your outfit in advance, try it on, take some pictures of you in the outfit, put yourself on video in what you're going to wear, move around and make sure it feels good to you because you want to be at your best when you're on stage.

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