Feedback Fast!

Student Public Speaking

“I wonder what they think of my presentation?”

UPDATE 4/13/2016: Unfortunately, Feedback Fast is no longer available in the U.S. app store.

Have you ever given a speech, perhaps a conference presentation or sales pitch, and desperately wished you knew what the audience was thinking?

The FREE app Feedback Fast has a solution for you!

{NOTE: this app is only for iOS devices like iPads and iPhones. The company is working on an Android version}

What is Feedback Fast?

Feedback Fast is a FREE iOS app that records a video of you (or your students) presenting and provides a private website for your audience to record their reactions and offer commentary.

How can I use it?

Feedback Fast could be used for both practice sessions and formal presentations to obtain real-time feedback from audiences.

For example, you could use Feedback Fast while rehearsing a conference presentation in front of colleagues.  In class, you could use it as an alternative to written peer evaluations.

In both instances, the audience could provide useful feedback about content and delivery to help speakers craft a more compelling presentation.

How does it work?

  1. Download the free app onto your iOS device (e.g. iPhone, iPad):  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feedback-fast/id781281449?mt=8
  2. Open the app.  Click the “Record” button in the top right-hand side of your screen.
  3. A window will open asking you to identify a “Room Name.”  This “room” is simply the private website that will be assigned to your recording.  This is where your audience will go to offer their feedback.  Keep the name simple, such as your first name or the course number.

    Feedback Fast Room Number

    Type a “room name,” click the camera button, then hit “go”!

  4. In the top right-hand side of this smaller window, you will notice an icon that looks like a camera with arrows inside.  This button will flip the camera so it is recording you.
  5. Click “Go” when you’re ready to present and the app will begin recording.
  6. Clicking “Go” will open another window with the URLs for the private website where the audience will go to offer their feedback.  The app offers multiple options, but all the URLs listed serve the same purpose.  I like to use the feedbackfast.com/ URL because it’s easy to remember.

    Feedback Fast URLs

    The URLs to your “room” where audiences can offer feedback.

  7. Choose one of the URLs and tell your audience to type it into their Internet browsers.  Each time you use the app, the domain names remain the same so it will be easy to remember.  The only part of these URLs that will change is the page extension (the “Room Name”) after the backslash.
  8. As they listen, the audience can click the green “Like!” icon or the blue “Meh” icon.  There is also a comment box to type brief observations, such as “confusing point” or “more eye contact.”  It’s important to note that the audience’s feedback is anonymous (which has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to peer evaluation).

    Feedback Fast Audience View

    What the audience will see on their devices.

  9. From the presenter’s point of view, the audience’s feedback will appear in real-time.

    Feedback Fast Presenter View

    What the presenter will see on his/her device.

  10. When the presentation is done, click “End” in the top left-hand corner of the screen.  The recording will move to your library where you can revisit it.  When you play it back, the audience’s feedback will appear time-stamped in the proper places.

As a public speaking professor, I think Feedback Fast would be particularly useful for students rehearsing before their formal presentations.  These practice sessions could be done in class or outside of class with an audience of friends.  Practicing in front of a live audience is one of the very best ways to improve and using Feedback Fast could enhance these rehearsals even more!

 

A review from StartupsFM: Practice and Feedback Make Your Startup Pitch Perfect With Feedback Fast

 

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About pastprof

Recovering academic. Starting a new adventure as a college instructional technologist. Ph.D. in Communication & Information. Reside in the lovely Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
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