When doing any training, the participants will get much more out of the information if they can make it personal and if the training is interesting to them. The following tips are geared to you as a presenter.
- Focus on your audience. – There’s nothing that loss participants like not being able to know who you are presenting to. Talking about in depth about statistical analysis on a doctoral level to a group of college freshmen focusing on bachelor level introduction business courses is going to foster disinterest quickly.
- Give them something to connect their own experiences to what they are learning. – We all have sat through lectures and power point presentations that have made us question why we have to be there. This might be partially due to not having something that can connect with us so that we walk away with meaningful information.
- Focus on the topic. – Getting derailed in your explanation can lose your audience. Keep your information, stories, etc. relevant to your topic. Though you might be very talented in crafting and presenting your information, remember that they want to walk away with something truly valuable that’s relevant to why they are there.
- Vary and combine your methods of presentation. – Everyone in the group is not a visual or auditory learner only. Each person comes to your presentation with varied abilities, and backgrounds. With variety, you can reach more individuals in your group. You can also connect with them in different ways so that your training is more memorable. Remember your own background. What presentations were memorable to you? What made them special?
- Remember logistics and inclusion. – Some participants have possible different abilities or challenges. To put a video with no closed captions would deter some individuals with hearing issues from getting the mot they can from your presentation. If you present on the second floor of a building with only steps, the person in a wheel chair would have difficulty attending. If you don’t like dogs, but a participant has a service dog, you will need to think about how to handle that from your own perspective, since ADA legislation requires them access. If you present with visuals, will those with vision concerns be able to get that information in a different way or do you have these with large print as well as a standard print size?
We are all different…. We present differently…. We learn differently. Together, we share and gain knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive difference.
– Mary Ann Costantini, PhD
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