Right now, I know you are wondering what skills do I possess that could assist you in being a better presenter. Currently, I train various individuals in Job Readiness programs for permanent employment. A lot of this training consists of me presenting to the group, interacting with them, engaging them, and making sure they understand the material. I have trained high school students, older adults, and individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.
In the past, I could relate to being the presenter that did not captivate the audience. An example of this was when I first started training individuals four years ago. As I was presenting to a group of two individuals, I started putting my own self asleep. It can honestly be said that if you are putting your own self to sleep with the material, you are more than likely doing the same thing to your audience. After evaluating myself, I found that I talked the majority of the time, did not interact with the listeners, and had only one method to the presentation (lecture). At that moment, I asked myself, "What can you do differently to make sure this never happens again?" My conclusion was that my material needed to be more engaging. I definitely had great knowledge to provide the group; however I did not have the follow through to make the students were engaged in the subject matter. Needless to say, I changed my approach immediately.
Below, you will find some helpful tips in captivating your audience:
- Get to know your audience
- Evaluate the room
- Make small talk
- Ask questions
- Answer questions
- Make eye contact
- Be social
- YouTube Videos
- Games or Interactive Strategies
- Let the audience guide some of the discussion
- Provide personal examples
- show enthusiasm