Full-day training courses offer many challenges for speakers, including:
- massive preparation requirements;
- physical and mental fatigue (for both the speaker and audience); and
- maintaining interest requires dynamic delivery and varied presentation techniques.
If you can overcome these challenges, you can provide significant value for your audience.
This past week, I was fortunate to attend a series of full-day training courses (Usability Week 2012 in San Francisco, offered by the Nielsen Norman Group). While my focus was building my usability knowledge, it was also a great opportunity to learn from people who speak regularly around the world. One of these speakers was Marieke McCloskey, who taught my first session of the week.
This article offers 28 tips for designing and presenting training courses inspired by Marieke’s strengths and areas for improvement.