- Avoid starting the presentation stating, “Hi my name is… Today I’ll be talking about…”
- Engage the learning at the beginning of the training.
- Pose a question
- Share a story: historical, personal, imaginative
- Use an image: picture, video, comic
- Share the “why” or purpose of the training; How will it benefit the learner?
- Create at least one opportunity for learner collaboration throughout the training:
- Turn and Talk: Pose a question and have partners share their answers
- Participants respond on a shared document or in a chat box
- Learners “teach back” the new information to each other
- Groups work together to respond to specific scenarios
- Live poll to collect group data
- Allocate time for Q&A.
- Avoid using text only and long paragraphs in your slides.
- Utilize images that support your key points.
- Ensure the font, colors and size of the text can be read from the back of a room.
- Spell check and proof-read slides.
- Avoid reading the slides.
- Practice slow, clear delivery.
- Be aware of your nonverbal communication.
- Create eye contact with audience
- Positive tone
- Stand and move around the room, if possible
- Read the room for questions or confusion
- Do not include commercial sales within your presentation.
- Relax, breathe and have fun!