Understand Your Impact With This Quiz

For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be), and don’t worry if some questions seem to score in the “wrong direction.” When you are finished, please click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the test.

1. The visuals in my presentation match well with the information I'm communicating, and they help carry the speech.

2. To prepare for my presentation, I think carefully about the message I want to send.

3. Before I present, I become familiar with the room and the space in which I'll be speaking.

4. I plan and practice my presentation until I can speak comfortably and fluently.

5. I assume my audience knows very little, and then I give them all the information they need.

6. I tell stories to influence and persuade my audience.

7. Anxiety gives me stress, and brings negative energy to my presentation.

8. I make sure that organisers or other staff prepare my equipment so that I can arrive right on time and start immediately.

9. I encourage my audience to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

10. I pay attention to my nonverbal behaviour, like facial expressions and eye contact, to make sure I stay engaged with the audience.

11. I use examples to support my points.

12. My presentations sometimes take longer than planned.

13. If I want to persuade an audience, I get them to think about what the future will be like if they continue without making changes.

14. I purposefully create a clear opening and closing to my presentation.


Score Interpretation

Your presentations are probably quite weak, and perhaps a little boring. There are lots of ways to bring more excitement to what, and how, you present. You simply need more practice developing the right kind of content, and learning to use your nervousness to create a positive flow of energy.

Your presentations are OK, and they’re probably very typical of average presenters. The impression you leave isn’t good or bad – it’s essentially nonexistent, and your message is likely soon forgotten.

Super job! You’re giving excellent presentations. They’re interesting and well suited to the audience, and you know that taking time to prepare pays off in the end.