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Presentation Tips

If possible, allow at least two hours for a presentation – for a 90-minute presentation and 30 minutes of discussion/exercises/world café model. Spend time applying content to the audience's community.

We always encourage you to co-present, even after you are certified, to learn from one another.

Prepare to be asked to present again at the end of the presentation.

Pay attention to what you feel confident presenting – it is important that you can bring your passion to it.

Start slow, gain confidence, and as you gain knowledge and experience you also gain the ability to adapt and make it relevant – make it click for people.

Watch and follow up with people to make sure that they are okay – figure out who has a connection with folks who may be upset – maybe have people think of someone to talk to after the presentation.

Know that people will resonate with this material – most of the time people are very grateful for this lens.

It is okay to say “I don’t know.”

Everyone gets nervous and excited when they present – remember to slow down for people to absorb it.

Utilize resources on the Trainer Portal as well as other trainers and presenters in your region/sector, etc.

What are the core slides and messages that you want to give people? Lots of detail in some slides (like research details) – try to highlight or repeat “the key message here is…”

Have to both bring structure to “what you can do” but also best to also give people an opportunity to think about interventions that already exist – engage existing knowledge and creativity

Help audiences and individuals become energized by the information and stay engaged – not fizzle out.

Think about adult learning and mix up your approach to help all types of learners – offering data, offering models of resilience as applicable examples, offering time for a partner, small-group, and large group discussions, get people to think about their physical and emotional responses through movement and mindfulness techniques, etc.

Set the stage at the beginning of the presentation – layout key messages and ground rules (example: when to ask questions, let folks know emotions may come up and ask them to be mindful of how they are feeling, etc.)

Be very intentional about “this is not the end” – awareness and starting with yourself is part one – shifting your perspective and the way you interact in the world.