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 audience 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.
  • 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 be energized by the information and stay engaged – not fizzle out.
  • Utilize resources on the portal as well as other trainers and presenters in your region/sector, etc.
  • Be very intentional about “this is not the end” – awareness and starting with yourself is part 1 – shifting your perspective and the way you interact in the world.
  • Set the stage at the beginning of the presentation – lay out key messages and ground rules re: when to ask questions, let folks know that emotions may come up and ask them to be mindful of how they are feeling, etc.
  • Think about adult learning and mix up your approach to help all types of learners – i.e. offering data, offering models of resilience as applicable examples, offering time for individual, partner, small-group, and large group discussions, get people to think about their physical and emotional responses through movement and mindfulness techniques, etc.