Presentation Skills You Need
This book can benefit anyone who presents; a trainer, a meeting facilitator, speaker, or seminar discussion leader. No matter which role you are assuming, this book will help you become more efficient and proficient with the skills of providing information to others.
To help you decide if this is the right book for you we have provided the table of contents followed by a short preview/passage from the book.
Chapter Two: Choosing Your Delivery Methods
Now it's time to determine what methods you will use to deliver your presentation. We will be beginning by covering basic delivery methods. Once we have a good foundation and grasp on the basic methods we will delve into more advanced methods.
Lecture: If you must lecture occasionally, use strategies to make the delivery more interactive.
Discussion: A discussion facilitated by the presenter can be rich in interactivity.
Small Group learning experiences: A small group experience provides direction toward specific learning goals, and provides a high degree of participant involvement.
· Dyads (Groups of 2). Using pairs provides unlimited options for simple interactive experiences. You can say, “Turn to the person on your right and…” Using dyads manages the attention span, the extent of influence, and the focus of the goal. The learning experience is relatively intimate.
· Triads (Groups of 3). Trios expand the focus and experience opportunities. A measure of intimacy is still retained, but multiple viewpoints can be contributed. Triads are useful for producing definitions, establishing priorities, or providing an ongoing support system.
Case Study: The case study method is the presentation of detailed information about a particular situation, often problem solving. Case studies can be very creative exercises, and they are well-suited for small groups. Here are six guidelines for developing a case study:
· Determine the principle you wish to have the case emphasize
· Establish a situation that demonstrates the principle
· Develop appropriate symptoms
· Develop the characters
· Write the case
· Provide questions to guide the learners as they process the case study to solve a problem.
After you feel comfortable with basic delivery methods, you can begin to explore some of the more challenging ways to present and facilitate learning experiences.
Role play: Role playing allows participants to act out a behavioral role. This exercise -- done with small groups or the large group -- allows members to expand their awareness of varying points of view, and provides an experiential learning opportunity. A role play can be used in several ways; to solve a participant problem, clarify or sharpen an issue, or demonstrate a skill approach to a task. Importantly, it gives people an opportunity to practice a skill or approach in a safe environment and use the experience later on the job.
Here are several tips for managing a role play exercises:
· Obtain volunteers, rather than making assignments
· Use role play later in the training session, when participants know each other better
Select low-threat situations, such as a work group holding a staff meeting………