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Presentation skills

SESSION PLAN 40

Module 6
Sub module 5:
Session objectives

Presentation skills

At the end of the training session, trainees will be able to: Maintain the interest of the audience when presenting a session Use the appropriate teaching techniques and styles for the audience Describe the important elements of good presentation skills

Time to complete sub module Training materials

45 minutes PowerPoint presentation (PPT38) Activity sheet (AS32) Handout (HO38) Question box Getting the attention of the audience Maintaining their interest Selecting appropriate presentation styles The four key communication styles Non-verbal communication Overcoming nerves Personal style Selecting appropriate audio-visual aids

Content

Session instructions
1. Activity: Small group work (15 minutes). l Ask the trainees to form small groups and to brainstorm examples of a good presentation they have seen and examples of a poor presentation. Ask them to write these up on the worksheet provided in AS32 l The trainer can refer to the copy of AS32 at the end of this session plan l Bring the group back together and ask each group to briefly present their examples l Comment that when you think about what presentations you had liked, you probably thought of several different presenters with quite different styles

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Module 6. Sub module 5

SESSION PLAN 40

Presentation skills

Refer to the examples during the PowerPoint presentation of what makes a good presentation 2. Lecture with PowerPoint presentation (PPT38). l Ask the group what they can see wrong with slide 24. Some answers are in slide 25 3. Ask the group if they have any questions and remind them about the “question box”. l

Activity (AS32):
Think about some of the good and poor presentations you have seen. This may have been at work, at school or university, or at private functions. In small groups, use the worksheet below to record what made them good or poor.

Things that made presentations good or made me remember the information

Things that made presentations uninteresting or made me forget the information

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Module 6. Sub module 5

Presentation skills

HANDOUT 38

Module 6
Sub module 5:
Session objectives At the end of the training session, trainees will be able to: Maintain the interest of the audience when presenting a session Use the appropriate teaching techniques and styles for the audience Describe the important elements of good presentation skills

Presentation skills

Presentation skills
Some people are naturally interesting and entertaining speakers, but there are some skills that anyone can learn to help them present information. These have been broken down into a series of “microskills” to make them easier to learn.

Getting attention
As discussed in the sub module on session planning, one of the functions of the introductory part of the session is to gain the attention of the trainees. Ways in which the trainer can gain attention are: l Explaining how the session is relevant to the trainees l Asking the trainees their expectations of the session l Providing a relaxed and open learning environment l Using humour or an activity as an ice-breaker l Using novelty, variety or surprise in the introduction l Using a case study or telling a story relevant to the situation of the trainees l Using interesting pictures or audiovisual aids at the beginning of the session l Using a quiz to identify gaps in knowledge

Maintaining interest
For adults to focus on learning, they need to remain interested throughout the session. To do this the trainees need to recognise the relevance of the session and be able to participate in it. The session needs to be presented in an interesting way. Ways in which the trainer can help trainees to remain interested include: l ‘Personalise’ the presentation by smiling, making eye contact and addressing trainees by name when interacting l Keep the subject relevant and...
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