Table of Contents

“How do I become a more dynamic presenter?”

If you want to be a more dynamic speaker, you need to get three things right.

all sleep-01

I was having coffee with a colleague earlier this week. She’s been working in training and development for a while, but felt her boss was looking for her to up her game. When she reached out to me, I told her to come to the coffee house with some specific thoughts on what she’d like to work on, and I asked her to bring her current training materials, too.

When she asked: “So, how do I become a more dynamic speaker?” I broke my advice to her down into three categories.  

1. Design. The value that an instructional designer should be able to bring to an organization is that they know how to put together an effective training program on any topic. It doesn’t matter if the subject matter is real estate or finance or software training or engineering or eye surgery. Good design means that it’s engaging and will lead to change.

I got the sense that my colleague was a little intimidated by working with people that are more senior than her or with people who have simply been working in (and training in) her industry for much longer periods of time.

My philosophy is that if you’re going to offer value to your organization, you need to have a little chip on your shoulder. Regardless of how things have always been done, you need to be able to ask: what is it that we want to accomplish here, what is it that people should be able to do, and how will we know they’re able to do it?

Perhaps your stakeholders will insist that there’s some lecture involved in delivering your content. That’s fine. As long as there’s also an opportunity for your learners to play with that content, experiment with applying it, and then show you what they can do well (and where they might need some follow up).

2. Comfort. Your audience needs to feel like they can believe in you. I shared with my colleague that she doesn’t need to be a subject matter expert, but she does need to be familiar with her content.

If you don’t know your content very well, then rehearse it until you know enough to either be able to respond to questions or can refer people to the right resources (or other people) who can provide a better answer. Yes, I’ve written about the boomerang technique before, but that’s more of a tool to respect others’ knowledge and experience. It’s not going to save you if you’re not familiar with your content.

The more prepared you are heading into a training session, the more comfortable you should feel… and the more your learners will be able to trust you.

3. Authenticity. My colleague noted that there are other trainers who are more gregarious and “bubbly” and full of life and she felt her supervisor might want her to be more like that with her own presentations going forward.

At the end of the day, we can only be who we truly are. If you don’t consider yourself a “bubbly” person, this isn’t really something you should try to fake. Your learners will pick up on it right away and then you have a credibility issue.

I told my colleague that as long as she’s confident in her design, as long as she’s prepared with her content, she simply needs to be herself and let her personality flow with her design as she looks to engage and inspire her learners.

What do you think? How would you respond to the question: “How do I become a more dynamic presenter?”

Articles Similar to “How do I become a more dynamic presenter?”

airline flying through a sky with palm trees
Job Aids
Brian Washburn

3 Job Aid Design Lessons from a Beach in Hawaii

An effective job aid might be able to replace the need for actually training someone. At the very least, it can be distributed as part of a training to help people remember a rule or how to do something new. Drawing inspiration from “job aids” we see every day when we walk around can make our job designing effective job aids easier.

facilitator competency rubric
Brian Washburn

Training Delivery and Facilitation Competency Rubric

A rubric is a way to assess performance with a standard set of evaluation criteria. The next time you need to assess the performance of someone delivering training (even if that someone is you), you may find this rubric helpful.

Does training actually change behavior?

Does training actually change behavior? It’s a question we should be able to answer honestly. (And the answer is: No, not 100%… and yes, but seriously, not 100%)

Subscribe to Get Updates from Endurance Learning

Brian Washburn, Author

Brian Washburn
CEO & Chief Ideas Guy

Enter your information below and we’ll send you the latest updates from our blog. Thanks for following!

activities cookbook

Download the Training Activity Cookbook

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the Endurance Learning Activity Cookbook.

training facilitator evaluation rubric - page 2

Download the Facilitator Evaluation Rubric

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the rubric to help you assess the skills of someone delivering training.

Download the What's Possible in L&D Worksheet

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the What’s Possible in L&D Worksheet.

What's possible in L&D

Let's Talk Training!

Brian Washburn

Brian Washburn
CEO & Chief Ideas Guy

Enter your information below and we’ll get back to you soon.

Download the Feedback Lesson Plan

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the lesson plan as a PDF.

feedback lesson plan
MS Word Job Aid Template

Download the Microsoft Word Job Aid Template

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the Word version of this template.

Download the Free Lesson Plan Template!

Enter your email below and we’ll send you a Word document that you can start using today!

free lesson plan template
training materials checklist

Download the Training Materials Checklist

Enter your email below and we’ll send you the PDF of the Training Materials Checklist.

Subscribe to Endurance Learning for updates

Get regular updates from the Endurance Learning team.