Now That You are a Trainer. . .
Now that you are a trainer, what must you do to ensure that your presentation is flawless? That is, how can you fully engage your audience with the content? They should not realize how much preparation went into ensuring flawless delivery. There are no perfect presentations, but well-prepared trainers do exercise due diligence in their approach to training others. This brief discussion focuses on things that you can do as a new or highly experienced instructor, teacher or trainer that, regardless of content, can help ensure excellent presentations. But remember, this topic is centered on adult learning and theory. Adult learning can be formal college education, job-related training, community education, or self-improvement classes (Kearsley, 2010). In fact, the theory of andragogy explains to a certain extent how learning for adults differs from the way children learn. Adults are motivated to learn, self-directed, responsible, and inclined to use prior experiences as a template for learning (Knowles, 1984).
Some Preparatory Considerations
Before you begin your presentation, you should consider several factors that can make training efforts more enjoyable. Do not assume anything with regard site, equipment and materials. Here are some things to consider before your presentation:
- Arrive at the training site early. If possible, arrive the day before to view the venue and make adjustments to equipment and materials or other training impediments.
- Verify computer software versions of Microsoft™ program or other computer or web-based program.
- Ensure audio and video function properly.
- Set up your training site to meeting the desired seating arrangement.
- Check and verify stock of all course material and supplies.
- Greet attendees to your presentation. Be upbeat and project a positive attitude.
Some Presenter Behaviors
Now that you have looked at some preparatory considerations, focus on your presenter behavior. I have compiled a list of tips that can assist you in developing good practices:
- Speak clearly, logically and directly to your audience.
- Lecture less whenever possible and facilitate often. (No one cares about how big you think your brain is!)
- Make the take-home message or theme of the presentation persistent. Try to make relevant connections to the course material whenever possible.
- Use the classroom as a stage and the room a theater.
- Whenever possible, practice and time the delivery of your material. Try to anticipate questions about certain aspects of the topic presented and consider including the time it may take to answer them.
- Assuming you created your presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint™ or Prezi™, use appropriate visuals sparingly but efficiently.
- Whenever possible, address participants by the first name. This helps personalize interactions between you and
- Always demonstrate respect and courtesy to all attendees, even the challenging
- Know and command the topic that you are teaching, including familiar objections
- Keep the presentation on topic. Avoid the side streets: discussions not connected to the take-home message or theme.
Ensuring flawless presentations is a matter of preparation and good behaviors. Regardless of your experience as an instructor, teacher, or trainer, the aforementioned tips can help ensure your audience is engaged in the purpose of the training. Make them practices to help improve your ability to do great presentations. Good luck!
- Do you have other suggestions or advice for making presentations flawless?
- What challenges do you experience when you present? How do you deal with them?
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Kearsley, G. (2010). Andragogy (M.Knowles). The theory into practice database. Retrieved from http://tip.psychology.org.
Knowles, M. (1984). The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species (3rd Ed.). Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing.