All classroom trainers should possess fundamental presentation skills so they can capture their participants' attention and deliver an impactful message. Engage participants by using different parts of the training room, interacting effectively with audio/visual equipment, and using impactful voice, tone, and body language. Observe examples from a live training program.
- Lecture isn't dead in trade, it's just changed. Years ago, it wasn't unusual for presenters to talk for hours. Today's training participants will quickly tune out trainer lectures for too long. A better way to train is to combine your presentation with frequent audience interaction. A good rule of thumb is to limit your classroom presentations to 10 minutes or less. Webinar presentations should be even shorter with a maximum of five minutes before incorporating some form of interaction.
Now, even with these guidelines for short presentations, we know our audience can easily lose focus. You can overcome that by establishing a clear presence, delivering with a clear voice, and eliminating unnecessary distractions. Establishing a clear presence makes it easier for participants to tune in to your message. Be mindful of your body language and try to keep an open, welcoming, and energetic posture. Position yourself where you can clearly be seen while trying to avoid blocking visuals, such as your presentation.
Presenting with a clear voice can also allow you to deliver a more impactful presentation. One technique is to imagine you're talking to the people in the back of the room. This can help you adjust your volume, so you're loud enough for participants to hear. I always keep water or another beverage handy, so I don't get parched. Finally, you want to eliminate any unnecessary distractions that can make it hard for your learners to concentrate on what you're saying. We all have nervous ticks or some other distracting habits., and, sometimes, we aren't even aware of them.
If possible, have someone take a video of you delivering a presentation, so you can discover your distracting habits. One of the easiest techniques to reduce distractions is to imagine a box about shoulder width that extends from your waist all the way up to your chest. Try to keep your hands within that box when delivering your presentation. Use fluid movements and keep your hands free of items, like markers, or a presentation remote, to create a polished, professional appearance.
There's one more technique that always seems to work. Focus on your audience instead of yourself. Many inexperienced trainers spend so much time worrying about how they will deliver a presentation that they lose sight of their audience. Believe it or not, focusing on your own performance can make you extra nervous. When you focus on your audience instead, you'll take a lot of pressure off yourself. The amazing thing is you'll naturally become a better presenter, because you're adapting your style to your participants' needs.
- Identifying employee training needs
- Creating an individual development plan
- Developing learning objectives
- Preparing employees for training
- Evaluating a training program
- Presenting with confidence and clarity
- Facilitating discussions and learning
- Managing breaks effectively
- Delivering training via webinar