Engage Your Audience with Interactive Tools and Activities

Balance Content with Effective Audience Participation in your Seminars and Workshops
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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

  • Learn more
  • Remember better
  • Understand how they can apply the content going forward

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

  • Short, fun interactive activities that will set the tone
  • Ways to connect your audience with the topic
  • Strategies to help the audience remember the content
  • Techniques that the audience can use to apply what they learned

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Many presenters have expert knowledge and are truly passionate about sharing their topic. But learning how to work well with an audience is the piece that is sometimes missing. 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, using free, easily available online activities as well as pen and paper activities-all field-tested.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • balance information and content with interactive activities that keep the audience engaged
  • use free, field-tested online tools and pen/paper activities that involve your audience
  • build audience interaction into your presentation, choosing appropriate activities that reinforce your presentation objectives
  • vary the pace of your presentation or seminar, choosing activities that reinforce your presentation objectives

What is the target audience?

  • The focus of the course is increasing audience interest in your presentation through various activities that you can add strategically to your seminar.
  • This is not a public speaking course. It will be most suitable for beginning speakers who are presenting in person to a live audience.
  • A great course for anyone who is a new presenter or who is looking to increase audience engagement
  • Anyone who is looking for ways to increase audience enjoyment and interest in their presentation.

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome: Course Overview and Free Taste
01:04

This gives you a quick look at some of the activities we will be exploring together.

Hello and Welcome
Preview
02:11
00:46

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.

Section 2: Optional Section for Beginner Presenters: Preparing the Room, Learning Names...
05:48

In this lecture, you'll find some suggestions as to what you can do behind the scenes to ensure a good audience experience.

02:51

And we were angry and poor and happy,
And proud of seeing our names in print.
~G.K. Chesterton


This lecture considers the importance of names and ways you can get better at remembering them.


03:41

This lecture contains directions (along with wording suggestions and timer clocks) for a great icebreaker that helps set the stage for your presentation.


1 page


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.


Section 3: Engaging your Seminar Audience as a Group: Free Online Activities
01:05

This quick video introduction explains what to look for in this section.

06:06

Here are the first two activities to get your audience thinking about your topic.

05:15

This lecture contains two more interactive exercises for your audience.

01:12

In this lecture, you will be introduced to a free audience response system that you could use in your seminars to foster audience participation.

1 page

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.

Section 4: Using Partner and Small Group Activities
02:58

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.

03:08

Partner Interaction-

This lecture introduces a partner activity that helps your audience review and discuss different aspects of your topic. Dice are involved!

04:04

Brainwriting

•Six people generate 3 new ideas in 5 minutes- then pass. (Youtube video)


Café Conversation- role playing see bookmarks under Udemy


02:31

In this lecture, you'll learn a role-playing activity that encourages participants to consider various points of view.

5 questions

A quick practice review on partner activities

Section 5: Soliciting Feedback -Interactively
01:41

Have students make a quiz for another person in the room that highlights the important concepts

01:00

Sticky notes are a quick way to receive feedback from your audience. Here's how!

02:20

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!

1 page

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!

Section 6: Summing it All Up
01:35

A few final thoughts...

01:21

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.

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Instructor Biography

Carol Harvey, Education Consultant, M.Ed. , Teacher

 I'm dedicated to helping busy learners progress in French and other areas of interest. Most of my teaching experience has been in the classroom as follows:

  • FSL teacher and French Immersion teacher
  • School district French consultant- giving support to other teachers
  • Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education- Brandon University
  • Coordinator and developer of program for immigrants and newcomers to our small city
  • Presenter of many seminars and workshops including at provincial and national conferences in Canada as well as in my own city.

General Qualifications:

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.

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