Do’s for Training Sessions or Group Speaking

Some “do’s” for when you’re giving a training session or speaking to a group:

  • Prepare 100% – be well prepared and rehearse

  • Acknowledge and accept your fears

  • You don’t have to be perfect

  • Trust yourself

  • Be in the moment

  • Partner with the audience

  • Do deep breathing and relaxation exercise

  • Stay calm, confident and comfortable

  • Don’t rush it

Quick tips to make great presentations

  • Slow down your speech

  • Alter pace and pitch of voice

  • Use an icebreaker – joke, cartoon to break the ice

  • Watch nonverbals

  • Don’t talk to the whiteboard or screen

  • Don’t move around too much or too little

  • Make the room yours

  • Look the part

  • Involve the whole group, “Has anyone…”

  • Use activity-based learning

  • Practice your introduction and your summary

  • Check to see that everything is working

  • Do you have enough variety

  • Don’t leave your overheads or slides on for too long

  • Don’t be scared of silence

  • Once you’ve written your speech, cut it down

  • Group similar ideas together and establish themes

  • Stay relaxed, but alert and enjoy your presentation

  • Tell the truth

  • Wait for any questions coming

  • Find some common ground with the audience.

  • Stand up during your presentation to assert your authority

  • Back up facts with evidence

  • Don’t stare at your audience

  • Hostility is aimed at your opinions, not you

  • Prepare yourself for one or two lengthy answers in advance to questions raised

  • Don’t patronise your audience

  • Win over your audience with your expert knowledge and experience

  • Address answers to the whole audience, not just the questioner

  • Direct hostile questions back to the questioner or audience

  • Say “good point” to encourage the shy ones

  • Remain calm whatever the tone or intention of the questioner

  • Practice learning to answer tough questions with a friend

  • Watch your audience’s body language for boredom

  • Watch for audience hands moving up to stifle a yawn

  • Involve the audience by asking questions at intervals

  • Let your audience know that you’re aware of their feelings

  • Listen to as many of the previous speakers as you can

  • Pause between your Question & Answer session and your summary

  • Always close with a good strong close

  • Don’t rush as if you’re in a hurry to leave

  • Use big gestures and long pauses

More quick tips

Hold your head up

Open your mouth

Consonants, pronounce them properly

Slow down!

Tips on better voice control

  • Start with a POW! Emotional zest when the right context is required

  • Minimise secondary energy or extraneous movements/fidgets/habits

  • It’s the pause that refreshes, it stops gulping and running out of breath

  • Make it full of zest when the occasion demands it

  • Breathe through nose, exhale through mouth – smoooothly

  • Keep throat open as if yawning

  • Whenever mentioning figures, slow down the delivery so that the audience can work it out

  • Work according to the size of the room and audience

  • Apply relaxed, controlled, effortless power!

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