Every successful training program or training
class or presentation, which comes off as being very powerful, dynamic, innovative and
inspiring the listeners to action, have one thing in-common, they have been and are well
organized. Everything the presenter used during his or her presentation had been checked
and rechecked. Nothing was left to chance.
So what does that means to you! It means in
order for you to accomplish the same results, one of your first steps in building your
training skills to become a skilled trainer is to get your Act
Together and develop a habit of making sure everything
that you are going to use during your training session is organized, and I do mean everything.
Getting Organized, simply means making sure that everything you
plan to use during your presentation or training session has been checked for
completeness, accuracy, its functional and in sequentially order of use. An
easy way to accomplish this is to develop a pre-training checklist where you
check everything you will use:
- Handouts' workbooks.
- Overheads, flip charts, wall charts,
- Audio/Visual equipment.
- Training aid mock-up's.
facilities, classroom layout, environmental conditions.
Would it gave you a warm fuzzy feeling to
know the next time you boarded an airplane to fly somewhere, your pilots didn't
check anything prior to taking off.
The organizational attention to the details you give to your
training presentation prior is
"Critical" to your "Success," it is a small price to pay, because the
first time you fail to ensure that everything is organized, you will know it instantly.
The instant you discover something is out place during your class, speech or presentation,
commonly more often than not, it forces you to stop and correct the problem. What suffers
during this as you quickly attempt to fix the immediate problem, You !
Suddenly, the ad-lib's being flying all over the place, as you kill time looking for
the right workbooks, charts or overhead transparency to use. Or discover your 35 mm slides
are in upside down or backwards or out of sequence. It's about that time you start
showing some early signs of nervousness, losing track of where you are in the
presentation. Your confidence level also begins to sink a little, along with your image as
a skilled speaker, trainer or presenter they begins taking a nosedive downward and
Been there done that! . . . It has happened to
even the best of us at one time or another, the point being is do everything within your
power to prevent it from happening in the first place. That is why it is so
critically important to you as a speaker, trainer, or presenter, after all your
professional image is on the line as you stand in front of your audience. You want to
project yourself as being a skilled professional with an authoritative sources of
knowledge your students can learn from, and being well organized, is just one more way of maintaining that image of a
professional. Remember to check everything, I mean everything, leave nothing unchecked.
While on the subject of professionalism, your clothes or what you choose to wear, when
making a presentation is one of the strongest components of what you communicate.
Here's why: Your clothes or more specifically, what you choose to wear are pure, non
verbal communication. Clothes communicate almost instantaneously, as quickly as the eye
can transmit it to the mind.
Clothes provide a self-portrait of you. You are what you wear. Fashion has drummed this
concept into our minds and it has achieved a certain level of credibility. Clothes are
universal. Everybody wears them, outside of a nudist camp, you won't find many audiences
totally disregarding the importance of clothes. Thus, you can't dismiss or underestimate
the relevance of clothes to your presentation effectiveness. They're very important. What
you wear tells us, your audience, two fundamental things, your perception of yourself and
your perception of us.
Let's start with you, for most people, clothes
are a deliberate indication of lifestyle and attitude. Shirts and blouses speak volumes.
Colors make announcements, sometimes loud and boisterous . . .sometimes shy and muted.
Shoes talk. Wingtips say one thing, sandals, another. Scarves, jewelry, eyeglasses they
all make their own statements of your taste and personality.
How do you see yourself? Your clothes give us, your audience, our very first clue. Your
clothes communicate your aspirations for you. Unless you are standing behind a podium that
covers up everything except your head, your audience is going to notice your clothes.
After all, you're presenting yourself and clothes are part of that image. Many presenters
do not consciously think about what they're wearing and that comes across, too. Here's the
point, whether accurate or faulty, perceptions are going to be made--and your clothes will
contribute. You don't want to gave your audience the wrong perception before you've even
spoken a word. Enough said use your own best judgment you know when you look sharp or not.
Believe it or not your appearance can help you handle some of the tough issues that pop-up
from time to time during your presentation either as a teacher, trainer or speaker.
Don't believe me, try this little experiment
and see what kind of response you receive. The next time you go shopping or out to eat and
dressed like a slob or hippie, watch the looks and see what kind of response you get. Now,
do it again, only this time dress looking as a very professional confident person. Enough
During the course your instructor will go into
greater details, for now, go to "Managing
Questions", or back to "Your Presentation