Be a Catalyst for Clarity
manageable objectives, and deliver them.
Group Dynamics Skill
easy when we're trying to present something new, particularly
in a training environment, to be overwhelmed by all that we want our participants to
know on the subject. As good trainers,
teachers, and facilitators, we want our audience to get the most
learning in the least time. The problem is that this type of
thinking can get us and our audience confused. Trying to deliver
too much information
impedes learning. Learning isn't solely about information. It's about using information to accomplish something we couldn't accomplish before. This requires time to digest, integrate and apply new ideas.
With this in mind, plan your
presentation around only a few (no more than three) items in a
single sitting. Seek to deliver these points clearly and
succinctly. This will help to make your presentation clearer and
provide the space for the audience to generalize new information with their own
experience. Planning space in your presentation also allows you to adjust the course of the presentation to
meet learning needs and interests that arise in the moment.
Finally, it's OK to leave your participants wanting a little bit.
It's far better for them to leave hungry and curious about a few new ideas rather than
overwhelmed and confused by too many of them!
you have one hour to present all there is to know about conflict
resolution? You just happen to be an expert on this. You have at
least 10 key points you want to cover, about 5 examples, and
you can talk non-stop on this subject for hours with no
problem. You are concerned about how to present this in the time
Try putting yourself in the seat of your participants. Pick three points on this subject you'd like to leave
with if you were one of them. Spend a few minutes before you start to query participants around their biggest concerns on this topic. Select and refine your
planned activities based on their input. This approach assures
that participants leave with the major points you want them to
have, while addressing their immediate needs. They will
likely leave feeling heard and excited about what they've
next time you have something to present, try this. Limit your
agenda to no more than three major points. Focus on creating
opportunities for your audience to demonstrate to you and each
other that they do in fact understand the material. This change
in perspective will do wonders for your presentation. Not to
mention your audience attention span! I'm interested in
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