I like the five points by Olivia Mitchell at Speaking About Presenting on avoiding information overload in your presentations. “A presentation is a taster for what you have to share. It can raise awareness of your topic. It can provoke different ways of thinking about an issue. It can inspire and motivate.”

Seth Godin asks us to focus on creating genuine connections, even in the midst of on the job frustration – to quilt not quit.

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator, Sydney

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Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney

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istock-question-mark-and-chairs1Participants in a meeting or workshop often have questions they bring into the room. Holding those questions in their head for the ‘right time’ to ask them can sometimes get in the way of what’s happening right now.

Before a presentation or workshop commences you can clear heads and help everyone begin to understand what’s on the minds of those in the room.

Ask if anyone has any question that they hope the presentation or workshop will answer for them. Record the questions so everyone can see them. Post them as a checklist. Leave space for any answers that may emerge during the course of the day.

Knowing what the audience’s questions are will give presenters confidence that their presentation includes content of interest. It also gives them the opportunity to incorporate any answers that may not have been included in their original presentation.

After the presentation, check back.

“Have you heard responses or answers to your question(s)?”

“Have other questions emerged for you?”

Refer to the list throughout the workshop as useful for the group.

Acknowledgements: Shoshana Faire for this suggestion that keeps on being useful. Photo: iStockphoto

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Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney

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