From the Lab: A Second Pair of Eyes

In a recent post on Lifehacker, Patrick Allan highlighted new research by David White, Clare Sutherland, and Amy Burton showing that strangers are actually better at picking profile pictures for us than we are. The researchers dub this the “curse of self,” which is a special kind of “curse of knowledge” in which it’s impossible to see ourselves as others see us.

In addition to suggesting that perhaps we should let others pick our profile pictures for us, this research serves as a general reminder that it’s always a good idea to have a second (or third, or fourth) pair of eyes (and ears) review our presentations, from our content to our delivery to our visual aids, so that we can get unbiased feedback from the perspective of the audience. As hard as it can be for us to do this, it will make our presentations significantly better.

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