I recently had a conversation with a prospective student, who loves presenting workshops on the topic of wellness. After she finished describing some of her biggest challenges, fears, and frustrations around doing talks and workshops… I explained how using adult learning principles and audience psychology in her sessions would solve those problems… Say what? “I’ve never heard anyone talk about that”, she said. And that’s the problem… Surf the net looking to improve your presentation skills and you’ll typically find vague articles giving the same old, same old advice focused on the speaker’s side of the presenter/audience relationship… Groan! But, think about it... Who is the most important person in the room? Is it the presenter, or the audience member? If you answered “the audience member”, you’re right. Without the audience member, you would be talking to an empty room!
(I get a really crazy image of that in my mind, don’t you?)
Sure, adult learning principles and audience psychology sound very academic, but… Don’t get scared off …they’re not complicated and they do give us an understanding of how we can serve our audience members better.
If we’re going to help our attendees to the best of our abilities, then we need to know what’s going on with them.
How do they learn best?
What do they want, like, and need in a learning situation for it to be effective for them?
Why do they do what they do during your session?
Why don’t they do what you want them to do?
Not knowing the answers to these questions can sabotage your best efforts…
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you create better sessions as well as give you and your attendees better
results during your sessions.
I go into great depth about this in step 1 lesson 2 of the Creating Your Engaging Talks and Workshops program.
You can get the program here: www.creatingyourETAW.com