Lectures can be an effective form of teaching if done correctly.
Know your audience when presenting a lecture.
What makes an effective presenter?
- Thought provoking
- Innovative in presentation style
- No reliance on slides
- Listens to their learners
- Manages the hecklers
Challenging Respondents - if they are not particularly annoying, ignore them and adapt to the environment.
Know when to use reflections and stories in your presentation - appropriately repeat when representing the session, but don't use the same story all the time.
Look at people in the room and make eye contact with them - connect with your learners.
Time management is key when presenting.
Involve the learners in your presentation.
A good presenter is a good learner.
Take home points are vital - learners don't always remember what was said during the lecture.
When a question is asked, always repeat it so that everyone can hear.
Know your technology when using it for presenting - ensure that it is transferable.
Don't turn your back on the audience, avoid using a pointer when possible.
Don't rely on technology and use it appropriately.
Providing context within the presentation is critical.
Effective level of voice should be 7/10 with minor fluctuations when presenting.
Eyes - you should be looking at your audience. In small groups, scan the audience, in large groups divide them into sectors.
Hands - never point towards your audience, don't fiddle in your pockets, avoid pointer hyperuse and avoid repetitive movements. Don't cross your arms and don't have them behind your back or directly in front of you. The best position is to have them in front of you in a running position.
Stance - don't hold onto the lecturn, move out from the lecturn if at all possible - it removes the barrier between you and the audience.
Don't move around too much.
Anxiety - take your own pulse - great feedback loop to calm yourself down.
Connectors (Ah's and Um's) - replace them with a phrase and they will slowly go away.