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Deliver engaging content face-to-face

teacher avatar Rika Cossey, Environmental Educator & Simplifier

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction and class overview

    • 2. Tangible topic and time management

    • 3. Mixed methods

    • 4. Manage participants, state intentions and admit to gaps

    • 5. Non-verbal communication

    • 6. Farewell

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About This Class

In this 20 min class, you will learn how to deliver an engaging presentation, workshop or lesson in a face-to-face environment. I give you new ideas and proven strategies. The class is suitable for high school students, university students and business professionals alike.

I have been working as an environmental educator for over ten years and I’m sharing my golden rules with you in this class. This class will give you an overview of the most important aspects to think about when you are preparing and running a session in a face-to-face environment.

I have kept this class short and to the point without getting lost in detail. This way, all of my rules can be applied to (almost) any setting. Please feel free to adapt my ideas to your specific setting.

You will leave this class with a good set of strategies for approaching your next presentation. I give you some thought-provoking impulses which will turn your next face-to-face content delivery into an engaging event for everyone.

Although I mention some aspects of public speaking, it is not the main aim of this class. Prior knowledge of public speaking techniques are an advantage but not essential.

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Rika Cossey

Environmental Educator & Simplifier


Hi, my name is Rika. In a few simple words, I describe myself as adventurous, as a growth-seeker, and helper. I am also a simplifier, tiny house dweller, DIY enthusiast, and passionate teacher (and learner) of all things sustainability. 

I'm really happy to connect with you through Skillshare and to assist you in your quest of learning new skills. My classes are about inspiring YOU to farewell a well-designed lifestyle and to discover what you know, what you can make yourself, and what matters to YOU.

I would like to use the opportunity to invite you to join me on a journey, one of self-discovery and growth. I am a certified mindfulness practitioner and counsellor and as such, I would be delighted to guide you further than all these classes here can. Pl... See full profile

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1. Introduction and class overview: Hi. Welcome to this class on how to deliver engaging content in a face to face environment. My name is Rita around the block. Small B'more, never environmental educator from running presentations, workshops and lessons for the past 10 years on environmental topics. And I work with high school students, university students and adults. I've prepared a presentation for you today where collected by my principles and some issues around non verbal communication. Is it last project? I would like you to write down three challenges that you're facing in the preparation or to deliberate stage of your workshop. Write down these challenges and also think of some solutions. If you can comment on some of the other students challenges and how about some common solutions? I hope you enjoy this class and I hope the methods I present to you can, in spite of you to try them in your own city. 2. Tangible topic and time management: now let me use the opportunity and tell you my six principles that I've developed over the years to use when I prepare and also when I run workshops, lessons or presentations. Now, these are all men for face to face environments, so you will have a group sitting in front of few of about 20 people, and you have a topic that you need to talk about. When you prepare for your presentation or your workshop, you need to first, do you think about your topic and think about it thoroughly and think about how to make a tangible that other people will listen to you for the entire time that you're a lot, it's and that you also make it interesting. Intangible. This is particularly important if you're working in a university or school environment where you're dealing with a lot of theoretical concepts. So think about ways off, engaging your participants in the topic and making it a little more interesting for them than just telling them what the theoretical application iss the way I like to do this. It's by thinking often application for theoretical problem. I usually start my presentations with the theory itself and then I move into an application . This application can be done in a variety of ways. You can use real place. You can use examples. You can lose fictional circumstances, anything that engages your audience and explains the topic from a different angle. My second principle and this is fundamental for any year kind of face to face environment is time management. If you have been a lot it 30 minutes of a presentation aimed for 20 don't and for the whole time. And don't go overboard. Just imagine yourself as a participant and you're sitting in the workshop that's meant to run for two hours, and it's 2.5 hours. You look at the presentation and you can clearly see that there is no end in sight. No participant wants to sit through any presentation for longer than they need to. So, please, when you prepare your presentation, make a schedule off the different elements you want to use and how long that will take. I've also found it very helpful if you're working both multimedia presentations to have a program spot in your presentation that by participants can see where you are up to and how much longer it will take. That way you're more likely to keep their attention 3. Mixed methods: My third principle is to use multiple methods. Now this can be apply. It's for presentations. A swell off about 30 minutes, but particularly important, our multiple methods in workshops. You want to move around. You want you participants to stay active and not passive throughout the time that you're spending with, um so make use off different methods to engage your participants and to keep their mind with you. Now I'm going to just throw some ideas out there. There are a lot more and depending on your circumstances, your environment, the presentation, you're actually running and the people you're talking to, your might wanna adoptees. But just some ideas. The obvious first choice video and multimedia presentations. No, I would very much advise you to stay limited on video content. I've once was asked to do a presentation where the participants wanted to watch a documentary of 45 minutes in the beginning. Now that's not ideal because you're gonna end up with a piece off video that you haven't done. That sets a certain tone, and you have to follow up on that tone. Now. There are obvious scenarios for video content can be your beneficial, but If you're doing a presentation that doesn't require video content, keep it to a minimum out adviser to use something about five minutes long. That should be enough to get a certain point across. Don't rely on video content. The same goes for multimedia presentations. There is a lot of knowledge out there off how, for example, Power Point presentations should look like. I think it's important to keep in mind that any technology can fail you, and you need to be able to do your presentation or your workshop even without any presentations. So if you do involve multimedia presentations, keep them simple. Keep them to the point and keep them as an age to your presentation rather than as the main focal point. You want to put yourself in the centre off the presentation and not the presentation on the screen behind you. So keep those things in mind when you're preparing. Another idea for a method to use, which can be very beneficial for workshops in particular, is discussion groups online. Using them in larger settings were I give the students a particular question were sometimes even a text to work on, and in that group, them in groups of four and give them 20 minutes to work on something among themselves That gives me time for break. But it also gives the participants opportunity to think and to talk to each other. Maybe they don't know each other, and that's a good way for them to connect with one another. But it's also a time for everyone to sit down and think now, at the important pant with discussion groups is that you need Teoh a lot time to bring it back together. So you wanna have the time in their groups. But you also wanna have time back together, where everyone talks about the aspects that they discussed in their little groups. So now, time to bring it back together and don't just let them be on their own. So discussion groups are a great way to engage participants to keep them active, to keep them thinking on the topic that you're talking about. And then one thing that's great if you need to work with attention refreshers games and role place. Now, I sometimes like using role place to make the topic that I'm teaching more tangible. This is great when I have a popper, but it also works of him on my own, and I just think of a fictional example, and I try and acted out now. This requires some confidence, and it also require some acting skills. But it's a great way to get your participants attention. And sometimes at the end of a presentation, there might not remember what you talked about. But they will remember your exiting your role play that she did. The same goes for games. Games are great. If you need to have a break from the presentation of, you need to have a break from the attention that participants were supposed to give you. And you just want an Energizer. So try and get participants up. And moving those games can be for getting to know Joe, that they can be purely for physical movement. Or they can, as she enhance your presentation in a way that makes the topic more interesting. Something of little games. If you're working with games, you could also think of little rewards at the end. That's something that participants will definitely keep in mind 4. Manage participants, state intentions and admit to gaps: moving on to my principle number fourth, which is give your participants room to talk. Now this goes hand in hand with my rule number three and what I mean with giving your participants room to talk us to not turn your participants and took passive receivers back into active participants. And this is essential because only one were active. Can we actually lewd and engage with the content? Given your participants room to talk? Does carry the danger that you could end up with one person taking over the whole discussion. So make sure that you have a set time for, for example, a Q and A or you have a set time for group discussion. But be firm at the end and say, We're finished with this part Now we're moving on to the next part. That way, any potential talk herbal quite him down, and the group will refocus and know that it's coming to an end. But I'm very much encourage you to give your participants time to talk, time to talk to one another and time to talk to you. It's essential for them to practice what they've just learned. It's essential for exit engagement with the content and with the topic. My principal number five And this comes when you are starting off with your presentation is to state your intentions clearly in the beginning. It's a good idea to have a slight if you're working with a multimedia presentation or to have a piece of Piper or white board up at the front and to tell you participants were going to do this and then this and then this and this is the end off the workshop. It's important for your participants to know what they're in for now. This also helps you to stay on track to not site trick. You can if you want to state your whole schedule with times, but you don't necessarily have to put times with it. But tell everyone what you're intending to do and tell it as detailed as you want to or see fit for your particular case. Now, stating your intentions in the beginning means that your participants know what is going to happen, and also you know what's going to hit him now. This is something that you have to develop through the preparation face, and I would always advise you use the 1st 5 or 10 minutes, depending on what you do in the beginning, off the workshop off your presentation to state those things out. Sometimes in a longer workshop, it's a good idea toe. Ask your participants if they are okay with what's going to happen. It's also a good idea and this point to set common ground rules if you need to. These things can happen in the beginning, and it's important that they happen in the beginning so they don't have to be redone. Towards the end of the presentation. My principal number six, is to admit to gifts. Remember, you are the expert in the room. You're the one who's been asked to talk about a specific topic. If you have a talker in the room who wants to take over from you, remind yourself and maybe even remind the talker about your position. However, being the expert doesn't mean that you know everything. You are the expert on the specific topic, but you don't know if we answer to every single Christian. Not I always tell myself in my participants that I'm not a robot. I don't know everything. And if I can't ask a Christian that I can't answer, I reply with. I'm sorry. I cannot answer this question right now. Can we discuss? This is the later stage. And that gives me time to research and to come back to my participants of funny too. So just remember that. And don't be afraid to admit that you don't know things. It's OK. 5. Non-verbal communication: No, I want to move on to some things that can also affect your presentation while you're standing in front of people. Now, one is physical prisons. Now, if you know the room where you're going to percent or have your workshop in, have a look in the room and see if you can arrange it in a way that's engaging for the participants. I like to have 1/2 circle around myself. Some people prefer to have everyone sitting on grows behind one another. They're different aspects by look at what you're comfortable with, what you're comfortable with presenting. You don't wanna hide behind everything, so you want to avoid having a big desk in front of you. You want to be able to move around in the room yourself, so don't restrict yourself to anything and you want. Just see every participant. When you can see your participants, they're less likely to face out and lose interest. It's also great of participants can see one another that where they stay engaged with one another. So just make sure that you look around in the room and see what's possible. The next thing that comes with physical prisons is to decide how you want to be in the room . Now there are multiple ways you could sit or you could stand. I always prefer to stand when I do presentations, because that gives me more prisons in the room. Some people prefer to sit that's totally up to you, but decide in advance if you're standing, make sure that you have both feet firmly on the ground, that you have your hands visible to your participants and that you're not twisted in your body whatsoever. You don't wanna have only one leak on the ground. You don't wanna have your hands somewhere in your pockets behind your back. You wanna have your hands free for movement and for your participants to see. Now when you're standing, you can also use the opportunity and walk around. However, be careful that you don't overdo it and you shower your nerves through your body movements . So just be aware of how you stand. You can practice this in front of a mirror at home. This is great, but it's even better if you have an opportunity to practice a presentation with a video camera and film yourself and see how you would react. Sometimes a friend can also tell you what you look like now the same girls for sitting When you're doing a presentation sitting down, you want to sit with a straight back with both feet on the ground. You don't. No slouch. You don't wanna have your hands folded in front of you. You wanna have eye contact with old off your participants While you're doing that? These are just some ideas that you need to keep in mind while you're presenting your content. It's important. Teoh, have your full body speaking and not just your mouth. Now I am aware that stage fright can be a huge issue for some people. However, don't see stay trade as a bad thing. Stage fright can heighten your senses and it's actually important to Hibbert. I personally found that when I wasn't nervous before presentation, the presentation went really badly. Stage fright tightens your noose, tightens your senses and it makes you more we off. What's going on? If you're afraid to a degree that you can speak in front of other people, there are a couple of techniques now. You could try Teoh, go into the room, start off with two lines, which are Hi, my name is What's your name and what are you doing here? You could state death in the beginning and that everyone introduced themselves that why you get a feel for the group and you let your participants do the talking for you while you get a feel for the room. You could also use simple techniques such as imagining your audience and underwear, imagining them naked, thinking off how your participants would perform standing in your exact position. Now is that sent. These are all just simple techniques to overcome stage fright, however. Don't try to work too hard. Teoh become in front of everyone. Everyone knows that you're going to be nervous and that's okay. It's a natural reaction. Don't try to take any medication or don't try to take alcohol or any other drugs to can you nerves. This will be detrimental to your presentation and not help you at all. Now the last thing I want to tell you is to be yourself. When you're doing a face to face workshop, there is no faking it through four hours off a full on workshop with participants, be yourself at Michiya Gaps admit to your shortcomings. You can even do that in front of everyone if you want, but don't overdo it and be someone you're not. Now these are my principles and some general advice on how to prepare for your next face to face workshop for a lesson or presentation. 6. Farewell: Thank you for joining me in this class on how to deliver engaging content in a face to face environments. Now, please don't be overground by the content I presented to you. Face. Adopt this my choice. Little issue like to your own presentation style. Remember to be yourself Now I hope you enjoy the class. And I would love to see you in one of my other classes. I