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Know and understand your material. Be ready for questions and challenges from your audience.
Familiarize yourself with the room and any equipment. (Make sure everything works and is set for you to use.)
Have a back-up plan in case things don't work.
Cover the agenda and your timeline with the group. Ask them if it makes sense. (get their buy-in) Ask the group to help you stay on track.
Describe the flow of the course. Present a road map of what will be covered, activities, etc… Deliver the content in a logical sequence.
Ask the audience what they want/expect to learn. Flip chart it. Go back at the end and ensure everything was covered. See if they agree.
Manage your time effectively. Keep track of where you are and make adjustments as necessary.
Go over housekeeping items. (Breaks, lunch, restrooms, cell phones, etc...)
Stop often to check for understanding. Summarize key learning points.
Ask open-ended questions.
Use a "Parking Lot" flip chart for questions/comments that are not on topic.
Post the chart where everyone can see it.
Go back and address the items on a break or after you finish the main topic. (if there is time)
If someone asks you a question you are not 100% sure of the answer…address it to the group. Chances are someone in the audience will know the answer. If not, make a note and promise the group you will get them the answer. (Parking lot)
Use analogies, tell stories, and make the topic personal, to you and to them.
If someone is getting disruptive, take a break. Talk to them individually. Keep control of the room.
Make smooth transitions. Move from one topic to another to connect the learning.
Use learning aids. (e.g., flip charts, wall charts, PowerPoint) to enhance the audience's understanding of the content.
However, do not let these aids ever become to focal point of the learning.
Finish on a high note. Pull it all together and end with a "bang".
Tell them what you are going to tell them…tell them…tell them what you told them.
This sounds basic, and it is. However, this is the foundation of a great presentation.