When I was a kid, I was told by parents and teachers that "cheat sheets" were forbidden. It seems to me now that cheat sheets have a place - just not during test-taking times! Because of their bad reputation, I call them "Sweet Cheets," and I usually have two of them on my presentation table at all times.
One of my sweet sheets is a list of simple ways to get participants responding beyond the overdone "Raise your hand if..." The second sweet sheet is a list of on-the-spot activities that boost engagement and retention. While I usually plan for activity throughout the day, occasionally I recognize that it has been too long since the last activity. I can quickly glance at my Sweet Sheet and insert an energizer.
Click here to download your free copies of my two favorite cheat/sweet sheets.
An over-packed mini-van was stopped by a New Hampshire State Trooper last week and cited for negligent driving. The driver had strapped a bicycle, shopping cart, a rake and a television, among other items, to the top of his roof. While the vehicle was being towed in, items fell off onto the highway, causing State Police to issue a friendly reminder to motorists that over-packing your roof rack can be dangerous.
On the exact same day that this occurred, I was coaching new presenters through their first practice presentations. They were asked to create a 15-16 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Of the nine presenters, about half managed to choose just the right amount of content for the time frame. The others over-packed, rushed through their final points and skipped the opportunity for a strong closing.
Why do so many presenters over-pack their presentations?
How can you avoid over-packing? Try these five proven strategies.
For more time related tips, click here.
Jessica Swart, a participant in one of my recent seminars, wrote the following on her end-of-the-day feedback form.
“Love how you have page numbers on the slides to go along with the book. Your attention to detail is HUGE!”
Attention to details, specifically those that make the learners’ experience go more smoothly, is critical for effective learning facilitation.
One simple way to do this is to place the corresponding page number from your printed material in the top right hand corner of every slide.
Near the beginning of the session, mention that each slide will show the corresponding page number so that participants can more easily stay with you throughout the material.
Not only will you have their gratitude, you will also decrease wasted time while people are searching for the right page and increase learning time.
For additional suggestions about slide design, click here.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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