Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Author (and Speaker?) – Payne
As an author, you may be asked to speak.
I’ve been doing presentations for over 15 years and have learned many tips that I can share with you today. Let’s start with a tip I feel is very important:
Tip: Cater to learning styles
You are most likely to succeed as a presenter if you are aware of your audience’s different learning styles.
There are three main styles of learning: visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. Try to use a style to suit every member of your audience.
Visual learners need to see the presenter. They learn through seeing.
· Write down instructions, use pictures, and time lines
· Give handouts and allow time for them to take notes
· Use visual displays such as posters, diagrams, overhead transparencies, videos, and flipcharts
Auditory learners need to hear the presenter. They learn through hearing.
· Offer verbal lectures and repeat words and concepts
· Organize small-group discussions, brainstorming, and debates
· Keep background noise and distractions at a minimum
Kinesthetic learners need to move and touch. They learn through doing.
· Offer hands-on activities and games
· Take frequent breaks to allow movement and not sit for long periods
· Work in groups and use role-play
By using a variety of teaching methods from each of these categories, you can accommodate different learning styles, and help your audience to remember more of what they learn.
Put down your pen and pick up your microphone to give the best presentation ever!
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