Is listening for 30 to 45 minutes, or more, the way any of us like to learn? I personally have to be involved in the learning in order to even have a chance of retaining the information. Listening is just not involved enough for
Although the instructor holds most of the power in how a presentation is to go, many instructors are afraid to involve the audience in the presentation because they think they will lose control of the program. You are thinking that you must balance the presentation of new material, debates and discussions, sharing of relevant
audience experiences, and the clock.
Involving the audience is risky. However, the best instructors are those who are willing to manage that risk of involving the audience in their presentation.
So, how do you avoid audience take-over of your presentation? Try these tips:
- Show me, by raising hands, how many of you believe that...?"
- “I’d like three people to tell me what type of…”
- “Raise your hand very high if you agree that…”
- “Please stand up if you are someone who…”
- “Jump up and down twice if you would never
ever believe that…”
- “So that I am able to complete my presentation, let’s limit our discussion to 3 minutes on this topic.”
- “I am running a little bit behind, but I would like to spend another 2 minutes getting your feedback on this.”
the same hand(s) go up, ask others to comment.
- “Thank you for volunteering, but let’s hear some other’s experiences on this. (Point to someone) May I ask what techniques you have used in the past?”
- “I’m looking for three very different perspectives on this question. Who can give me one perspective in 10 words?”
Questions to Ponder:
- What is the difference in how you think of an “audience” versus how you think of a “group of learners”?
- What process do you use to evaluate your presentation and/or your trainer’s presentation?