We’d like to share our workshop plans and ideas I use that provides me with the structure I need to stay on track and cover all of the key ingredients I have discovered that make a presentation clear, engaging, and memorable for your audience.
First, start by engaging the audience – Clarify your purpose and your goals for the seminar or talk.
What is the central purpose of your event or presentation? What do you want people to go away from the seminar knowing, experiencing, being or doing?
Then set the tone for the day: Why this message is important to you – what I refer to is your WHY. What makes you so passionate about the what you are sharing with them. Tell them the story about how you became so committed to sharing this subject.
The more open and transparent you are with the audience, the more connected and safe they will feel with you.
Tell a funny story, add cartoons into your presentation, or show a funny video.
No matter how serious your topic is, using humor is the best way to connect with your audience and get everyone relaxed.
Next, I introduce an icebreaker activity, which is specifically designed to create a safe space and give you and the group a chance to bond quickly and efficiently.
It could be as short as a 90-second exercise, a short 5 to 10-minute game, or an hour filled with several short exercises done in a specific order to create a specific effect.
You can introduce an exercise to complete in small groups or simply have everyone stand up and walk around the room and share two things they are grateful for or why they chose to attend your presentation. Use your imagination and always demonstrate what you are asking them to do before you have them do it.
For example, if you are asking them to share a recent success they have had or to share one thing they hope to take away from the presentation today, tell them how you would answer that question before you have them do it. And again, be totally honest and transparent so the group gets to see you are human too! This builds huge levels of trust.