SRTS session evaluation


Some people liked it. Some people did not like it at all. 

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.


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