More Effective Lectures and Presentations

Learn the simple, easy to apply techniques that make for more effective lectures and presentation, learn how to make them more engaging and more effective at getting the key messages across.

Using lectures and presentations to get important messages across is far from easy. The longer the lecture the more difficult the task becomes. Learning by listening and note taking is seldom effective and when the audiences’ attention wanes, typically after just 10 minutes, the problems compound.

Despite these failings lectures and presentation are still widely used, especially in business and higher education…

so what can be done to make them more effective?

This one-day workshop looks at some simple and easy to apply techniques that can be used within lectures and presentations to make them more engaging and motivational with resultant benefits in terms of getting the key messages across.

For Whom
The workshop is suitable for all those who need to develop and deliver lectures and presentations. To allow a good mix of theory and practice group sizes need to be limited to about 12 participants.

Content for this workshop needs to be tailored to the level of participant cohort experience and knowledge so we ask the lead co-ordinator to guide us on content coverage (light, medium or heavy coverage) from the menu below. A typical workshop is one-day long but more time is required for in-depth coverage of multiple topics.

Shopping List for Content
We would suggest content from the following menu.

  • The key steps to planning a lecture or presentation – structure
  • Warming up your voice and how to deal with nerves and anxiety
  • Storytelling and the rules of engagement
    • how greatspeakers get their point across effectively
  • Speech writing, using metaphors and repetition
    • the golden rules on what makes a presentation easy to digest
  • Dealing with awkward or difficult questions,
    • fail proof formula for even the most awkward question
  • Using your environment and other resources
  • 20 proven tips to make the lecture participatory from start to finish.
  • PowerPoint or Keynote design and visual aids
    • golden rules to ensure your slides add not detract from your presentation.
  • Avoiding the elephant traps –aide memoires, guidance and advice to ensure in the event of a glitch, you have a plan B
  • Memory techniques
  • Communication, body language, tone and word.
  • Voice care and projection.
  • Considerations around equality, diversity and culture for any given audience
  • Self-evaluation and receiving feedback from others
  • Further sources of information and support

Plus, potentially, elements from some of the following:

  • Designing lectures/presentations to ensure key and/or course objectives are met
  • How to hit the ground running, get lectures/presentations off to a great start by
    • setting the scene
    • getting “buy in”
  • How to encourage enthusiasm and involvement, and gain audience commitment
  • How to blend an appropriate mix of activities into the lecture/presentation
  • Methods for understanding and dealing with “difficult” or resistant people
  • How to deal, positively and effectively, with challenging questions
  • Ways to develop self-confidence when delivering lectures and presentations
  • How to effectively evaluate effectiveness immediately after delivery
  • Developing longer term arrangements for measuring impact

Skills development
Generic and soft training skills imparted on the course is likely to include, subject to the needs and focus priorities of each workshop the following:

  • Planning and preparation including
    • cohort research,
    • joining instructions
    • equality proofing any training event
  • Use of resources including
    • equipment,
    • furniture
    • literature
  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Active Listening – (lecturers’ listening and observing)
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Observational skills
  • Voice projection and voice care
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Dealing with difficult participants
  • Group theory and dynamics
  • Differences between facilitation and training
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Feedback techniques
  • Time management
  • Evaluation and after care