Recently I signed up for a company sponsored course conducted by HCAC. We had the honor of getting the founder-trainer Kamil to be our coach for the day. The course outline includes Giving Feedback and Warm Up Exercises before Presentation. In this article, I am going to share with you the lessons I have learnt from this one day course.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Content shared from the course is purely for informational purposes.
OTFD. Open The Front Door
Observations. Thoughts. Feelings. Desires.
Step 1: Make an Objective Observation
E.g: I see that, I noticed, I heard you…
Step 2: Share your Subjective Thoughts
E.g: I think it was…
Step 3: Express your Subjective Feelings
E.g: I feel, You are probably feeling…
Step 4: Empower the other person with shared desires
E.g: Perhaps you might want to, Have you considered, Something you might want to try…
Physical Warm ups
1. 4-7-8 breathing technique
This military approved technique is widely quoted as a method to fall asleep fast. Don’t be mistaken, I am not asking you to snooze before a presentation. Whilst there are other uses this technique is used for, in this case, I am using this for relaxation before a presentation or interview etc.
How to do it?
Inhale for 4 counts, hold it in for 7 counts and exhale out in 8 counts.
2. Power Poses
A method to make you feel more powerful. People seated in the high-power pose, felt more powerful and performed better in mock interviews than those who had not.
3. Thumbs up, cool down
Blow your left thumb nail to cool down.
What is the science behind it?
The vagus nerve acts as a modulator of the brain. It acts to counterbalance the fight or flight system and can trigger a relaxation response in our body. Other techniques for stimulating the vagus nerve system include foot massage, cold water face immersion, eating fiber and laughter.
4. Spine rotation
One of the recommended stretches to do when seated in office for long periods of time. Other stretches include neck and shoulder stretches.
5. Massage your face
6. Loosen your jaws
Release the tightness in your jaw by performing the yawning action; moving the jaw side to side to loosen it.
Vocal Warm ups
1. Hum or Ng sound to warm up your vocal cords
What do you think of these warm up and tips when giving feedback? I personally feel that the breathing method works best for me whenever I am feeling stressed. However, I would recommend you to choose those that works for you. Let me know if other tips works for you in the comments section. I may just include them to share with our readers.