I presented at the Southeastern Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS) in late March 2018.
I received the feedback from audience regarding my training session on Trauma-Focused Recreational Therapy.
I wanted to share the reviews for my session for transparency reasons.
I’m working on becoming a professional speaker, so naturally, I read my reviews to learn how to improve and become better.
I earned an average of 3.8 on a scale of 0 to 5. It is noted that the mode score was “5.” Zero people gave it complete “0” score!
The overall word cloud had positive comments with the exception of: “technical” and “difficulties,” which were related to the “computer.”
I’ll share the (Not so positive reviews) first and then I’ll share the (more positive reviews)
Part 1: Not so positive reviews:
|1. Too much material for the time allotted
Danny’s comments: I did my best to pack in as much information as possible.
2. Presentation was disorganized and unprofessional. Speaker was unprepared and spent 10 minutes trying to get a link to work. Content was sporadic and PowerPoint was elementary.
Danny’s comments: ***sigh*** I apologize for the link. I thought clicking on it would automatically play. It was such an important part that I didn’t want to leave it out.
3. Do not recommend bringing back this speaker
Danny’s comments: It appears very clear that you weren’t happy with this session. I’m not sure if there is anything I could do to remedy this for you. I’d be open to suggestions. I do sincerely apologize for taking time from you that you’ll never get back.
4. Lots of information! Lessen info on slides and increase talking points.
Danny’s comments: Thanks for the feedback. I’ll definitely put less information per slide!
5. Set up before hand and make sure you know how to work the system 🙂
Danny’s comments: That is very great idea. I did feel very stressed about the video link now playing. I’ve not had that problem before. Of course, I wasn’t using my own personal computer and I didn’t have access to the internet at first.
6. Its unfortunate he was unfamiliar with the technology but made sense since it wasn’t his computer
Danny’s comments: I really regret the technology problem at the start. I hate that happened.
7. Technical challenges were the only problem for him. Would have been me too!
Danny’s comments: Thanks for being empathetic. And thanks for putting up with the computer problems. I’m going to be better prepared next time I present.
8. The presentation was hard to follow. There were a lot of technical difficulties which I wouldn’t fault him for but it was disruptive. I didn’t really to learn much
Danny’s comment: I hate the presentation was difficult to follow, which I attribute to the computer problems.
I hate you didn’t learn much. I tried to keep the presentation to three basic areas:
· CBT: PRACTICE acronym
· DBT: DIME acronym
· Humanistic approach.
9. Presentation was unfortunately a waste of our time. Unprepared and not useful information. Not professional and uncomfortable to sit through
Danny’s comments: I regret I wasted your time. Please note that wasn’t my intention to waste your time. My goal was to provide attendees (like you) with the best information I know about trauma based on my 15-years-experience and advanced training.
10. Consider redesigning PPT to be shorter and less wordy.Provide evidence and current research to support intervention strategies presented. touch based on developmental levels , concerning intervention/ communication strategies /adaptation methods. Familiarize self with time line of presentation.
Danny’s comments: I’ll make the PPT shorter and less wordy. There is strong evidence for CBT, DBT, and humanistic approaches. I do feel like I’m very familiar with the timeline of the presentation. I could easily do it without the slides. I need to find a way to make it smooth for attendees like you.
Shew – *sigh* — take a deep breath after reading those.
It’s a good thing I have a fairly resilient attitude.
Part 2: The more positive reviews:
|· Fantastic session. I really appreciated the focus on scope of practice and connection between CBT and DBT in RT interventions.
· Overall good info. Would have loved to go more into DBT
|· Calm during stress, continued on with complete content and informative|
|· He seemed to really have a passion for his job and the kids he works with.
· I got good information from this presentations. I
· appreciate his positive attitude!!
|· The session was informative and the speaker provided great resources and examples.|
|· Great attitude and perseverance with technical difficulties.
· I enjoyed the material.
|· Great energy and helpful knowledge.|
|· Despite technical difficulties the presentation went well.
· I took some key points with me that I will be able to adapt to my age and population of patient.
|· So fun to watch and listen to.
· Would love to see another presentation by him.
|· Presenter was very knowledgeable, obviously very passionate about RT, super fun.|
|· Awesome guy!
· Helped inspire me to get back and work with the kids at my job!
|· Good guy, good presentation!|
|· Dan is was funny and engaging, great stuff!
· Also very affirming thank you Danny.
· I appreciate all you’re doing for our profession.
· Also was very touched by you tube great analogy with children 😊🙏🏼👏🐶
|· Danny was great! He was my favorite presentation!|
|· Great to Meet Danny – the man the myth the legend
· A lot of useful information especially for my population & good resources
|· Even with computer issues, kept session going and interesting
· The speaker provided excellent behavioral resources and addressed potential interventions – Ex. Kenistetic learning, story telling as an intervention, Behavioral interventions. Areas of improvement: -Educational Overview of TF care model -Provide a detailed explanation of physiological changes/ neurological changes as a result of trauma. -ANS, imbalance -structural changes/ insulary cortext/amigdial/ Vagal Nerve, Nural pruning. -Provide a clear explanation of RTs Role and scope within the various models presented, as well as competencies required for various TX strategies. Play Therapy, Biofeedback, TF-CBT, DBT, mindfulness training.