Very recently I asked some people whom I respect whether I should rate the sessions at which I was a speaker for a conference. To be sure, I felt that I’d done a bang-up job and that the audience had been engaged both times. In fact, I came out of these sessions with a sense of professional confidence greater than I had going into them.
And then the attendee survey came. With it, the opportunity to “rate” both my own sessions and my role as the speaker.
Of course, I was also an attendee at this conference. I went to sessions while there and learned from them. I was fortunate in that they were very good sessions and I walked away with something from each. It doesn’t always break that way, and sometimes I’ll even walk out of a session – heck, we all have. It’s not even anything against the speaker, sometimes it’s just that the topic isn’t quite what we thought it would be.
But then I’m also given the option to rate my own session.
I’m not going to divulge how I decided. The point of this blog is to ask simply, “Is it ethical to rate your own speaking sessions?”
The reason I was given pause is that:
- It will skew the data. I will potentially lose some of the “honesty” of the feedback.
- Pursuant to Point 1, would I ever give myself less than a 5 (historical footnote, I’ve done this in the past because I felt I didn’t live up to my own expectations)
- How will I learn to be better if I weight the results?
- Isn’t it in some way dishonest to the event organizer?
- …but shouldn’t the event organizer send out separate evaluations to registered speakers to prevent this from happening?
- I’m possibly overthinking this
I know that I put more thought into my decision than is typical. That’s kind of what I do. But I’m legitimately curious as to where people fall on the issue and why.
Share your thoughts with me, and gain strength from the sharing.