Updated March 2016.
Your topic is important and your slides are clear and powerful. Now what?
Make your seminars and workshops more engaging and effective by balancing information and content delivery with interactive activities.
An interactive seminar helps your audience to
This course is for you if you are a newbie presenter looking for ways to connect with your seminar audience.
Together we will walk through a typical seminar from beginning to end and learn
Why this course?
Many presenters are experts and are truly passionate about sharing their topic. But learning how to work well with an audience is the dimension that is sometimes neglected. It takes time to find appropriate activities and to know where and when to use them. This course pulls all of that together for you. Together we will move through each stage of a typical seminar, from the time the audience enters the room to the end when you are asking for feedback. At each stage you will be provided with ways to enhance the seminar experience for your audience. Whether you like low-tech or high tech, and whether you are speaking to a small group or a large audience, you will find useful strategies to choose from in the wide variety of activities included in the course.
Other resources in the course include discussion questions, online links and review quizzes.
This gives you a quick look at some of the activities we will be exploring together.
The course gives you many activities- don't use them all at one time! This lecture provides a guideline for each half-day of your seminar.
In this lecture, you'll find some suggestions as to what you can do behind the scenes to ensure a good audience experience.
And we were angry and poor and happy,
And proud of seeing our names in print.
This lecture considers the importance of names and ways you can get better at remembering them.
This lecture contains directions (along with wording suggestions and timer clocks) for a great icebreaker that helps set the stage for your presentation.
Here you spend time practicing the game that can have real-life applications.
Do a baseline score. What was your first score? How did you do after 20 minutes of play? Post your results in the discussion section.
This quick video introduction explains what to look for in this section.
Here are the first two activities to get your audience thinking about your topic.
This lecture contains two more interactive exercises for your audience.
In this lecture, you will be introduced to a free audience response system that you could use in your seminars to foster audience participation.
Here is your practice assignment for the section. It will familiarize you with the material and help you see how you can use it in your seminar.
When you use partner activities, it is important that you have a variety of ways to choose partners quickly. This video offers several suggestions- and for brand new presenters includes some wording that you might use.
This lecture introduces a partner activity that helps your audience review and discuss different aspects of your topic. Dice are involved!
•Six people generate 3 new ideas in 5 minutes- then pass. (Youtube video)
Café Conversation- role playing see bookmarks under Udemy
In this lecture, you'll learn a role-playing activity that encourages participants to consider various points of view.
A quick practice review on partner activities
Have students make a quiz for another person in the room that highlights the important concepts
Sticky notes are a quick way to receive feedback from your audience. Here's how!
Sometimes we leave a seminar " all fired up" about the things we are going to do. Then we get back to our busy lives and our good intentions sometimes get set aside. This letter writing activity can help to change that!
Take the time to print out and fill in the review chart. This will help you see what you remember and recognize from the course. There's an answer key in resources if you get stuck! Try not to check it until the end. The review chart is intended to be used as a tool for your future quick reference!
A few final thoughts...
It's been a pleasure having you in the course! Congratulations for all your hard work. Here's how you get your certificate from Udemy.
I'm dedicated to helping busy learners progress in English, French and other areas of interest. Most of my teaching experience has been in the classroom as follows:
Teacher and Education Consultant M. Ed.
Winner of National and Provincial (Canadian) Awards for educational contribution in the field of second language education.
Brandon University Gold Medal and the Governor General's Gold Medal for the highest academic standing in the Master's degree program. (2002)
I am Canadian and speak both English and French. I am working on Spanish.