Do’s for Training Sessions or Group Speaking

Do’s for Training Sessions or Group Speaking

Some “do’s” for when you’re giving a training session or speaking to a group:

  • Prepare 100% – be well prepared and rehearse
  • Acknowledge and accept your fears
  • You don’t have to be perfect
  • Trust yourself
  • Be in the moment
  • Partner with the audience
  • Do deep breathing and relaxation exercise
  • Stay calm, confident and comfortable
  • Don’t rush it


Quick tips to make great presentations

  • Slow down your speech
  • Alter pace and pitch of voice
  • Use an icebreaker – joke, cartoon to break the ice
  • Watch nonverbals
  • Don’t talk to the whiteboard or screen
  • Don’t move around too much or too little
  • Make the room yours
  • Look the part
  • Involve the whole group, “Has anyone…”
  • Use activity-based learning
  • Practice your introduction and your summary
  • Check to see that everything is working
  • Do you have enough variety
  • Don’t leave your overheads or slides on for too long
  • Don’t be scared of silence
  • Once you’ve written your speech, cut it down
  • Group similar ideas together and establish themes
  • Stay relaxed, but alert and enjoy your presentation
  • Tell the truth
  • Wait for any questions coming
  • Find some common ground with the audience.
  • Stand up during your presentation to assert your authority
  • Back up facts with evidence
  • Don’t stare at your audience
  • Hostility is aimed at your opinions, not you
  • Prepare yourself for one or two lengthy answers in advance to questions raised
  • Don’t patronise your audience
  • Win over your audience with your expert knowledge and experience
  • Address answers to the whole audience, not just the questioner
  • Direct hostile questions back to the questioner or audience
  • Say “good point” to encourage the shy ones
  • Remain calm whatever the tone or intention of the questioner
  • Practice learning to answer tough questions with a friend
  • Watch your audience’s body language for boredom
  • Watch for audience hands moving up to stifle a yawn
  • Involve the audience by asking questions at intervals
  • Let your audience know that you’re aware of their feelings
  • Listen to as many of the previous speakers as you can
  • Pause between your Question & Answer session and your summary
  • Always close with a good strong close
  • Don’t rush as if you’re in a hurry to leave
  • Use big gestures and long pauses


More quick tips

Hold your head up

Open your mouth

Consonants, pronounce them properly

Slow down!


Tips on better voice control

  • Start with a POW! Emotional zest when the right context is required
  • Minimise secondary energy or extraneous movements/fidgets/habits
  • It’s the pause that refreshes, it stops gulping and running out of breath
  • Make it full of zest when the occasion demands it
  • Breathe through nose, exhale through mouth – smoooothly
  • Keep throat open as if yawning
  • Whenever mentioning figures, slow down the delivery so that the audience can work it out
  • Work according to the size of the room and audience
  • Apply relaxed, controlled, effortless power!

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