The case for sticky notes in every training presentation


I’ve been facilitating a series of 3-day train-the-trainer sessions in Uganda and Zambia over the past two weeks, working with groups of health educators to help them transform their presentation delivery from a traditional, didactic approach to a more learner-centered, interactive delivery.

On the first day, as I facilitated a variety of activities around adult learning theory and engagement strategies, the energy in the room seemed high. I asked participants to take a sticky note and write one word or phrase about how they were feeling after the first day. Responses such as “enjoyable”, “gaining a lot”, “awesome” and “this training is perfect” were submitted to me.

A funny thing happened on the second day. Continue reading

Cool PowerPoint Tricks: Real-time Polling

PowerPoint doesn’t need to be a 1-way medium of communication. Creative presenters may use PowerPoint to get ideas from the audience and write text on the screen in real time. Or perhaps turn PowerPoint into a game like Family Feud or Jeopardy (here’s a free PowerPoint-based Jeopardy template).

And thanks to PollEverywhere, presenters can embed interactive poll questions and results right into their presentation.

All you need is to visit, grab the PowerPoint slide template and insert it into your presentation.

Your audience members simply use their smart phones to text responses or respond via the polleverywhere website.

PollEverywhere PowerPoint Trick

This service is free for groups of 40 or fewer. Polleverywhere offers a range of pricing options and features for larger groups. I attended a session several weeks ago in which there were only 8 participants. Initially I thought: well, can’t the presenter just ask us to raise our hands? But I must admit, it was kind of fun and novel to vote on a response and then wait in suspense until the facilitator revealed the poll results.

Oh, there’s one more thing you need: the desire to allow your participants to get involved in your presentation. If you have the desire to engage your group, definitely check it out!

Have you found a technology that helps engage the audience? Let’s hear about it in the comments section below.

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