World's Worst and Best Presentations
Time - 90 minutes
Objective - Be aware of individual strengths and weaknesses when presenting to others.
Break the class into small groups. Have them list examples of the worst presentations they have seen or been involved with. Have them note what made the presentation bad, such as content, style of delivery, facilities, etc.
After about 15 minutes, have them list examples of the best presentations they have seen or been involved with. Have them note what made the presentation good, such as content, style of delivery, training devices, etc.
After they have compiled their lists, bring the groups back together and have them summarize their list. Get one or more of the learners to model the good and bad behavior examples. To help them volunteer, let them know that this is one way to help them overcome their nerves or stage fright.
Now have each individual spend about 20 minutes to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses. They should make notes on each strength and weakness that pertains to presentations.
When they have finished with their reflection, have each learner give a 1 to 2 minute mini-presentation by introducing him or herself and by summarizing of their strengths and weaknesses.
When someone brings up the same weakness as another, point out that many of the weaknesses are the same. Also point out that strengths should be exploited, while weaknesses should try to be hidden by the strengths.
This is the first step to great presentations — knowing ones own strengths and weaknesses!
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