Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Importance of Interaction in Presentations

Interaction is simply a method of sending message from one person or group of persons to another. It is of vital importance in business because it involves all the persons or organization connected with the business- employees, customers, shareholders and all the different sectors.

Importance of Interaction in Presentations

As a presenter, you always want to know your audience. When presenting to hundreds of audience members at a large event, you must be very well prepared with the basic idea.
  1. Best Summary
    Each participant must prepare a summary of the main points at the end of a presentation. Teams of participants switch their summaries and select the best summary out of all.
  2. Brain Storming
    The presenter can conduct a brainstorming session on open-ended questions contributing his or her ideas when appropriate.
  3. Concept Analysis
    The presenter can ask series of questions related to a concept. Building on participants responses, presenter explores the critical features and types of the concept.
  4. Debrief
    A brief and powerful experiential activity is followed by a debriefing discussion to elicit and share useful insights.
  5. Essence
    The audience can write several summaries of the presentation, repeatedly reducing its length.  Thus, giving them a better understanding.
  6. Glossary
    The presenter identifies a key term related to the training topic. The audience can make teams and come up with the definition of the term the presenter collects these definitions, inserts the correct definition among them and plays a dictionary type guessing game.
  7. Intelligent Interruptions
    Presenter can stop the presentation at random levels and selects a participant. The participant asks a question, makes a comment or challenges a statement as a way of demonstrating that he or she has been intelligently processing the presentation.
  8. Item List
    The participants or audience review a list of items in the hand out and select a few that can then clarify these items.
  9. Multilevel Coaching
    Presenter can train a small group of participants and test them to make sure that they have acquired the skill. These participants can then become coaches and train the others.
  10. Question Cards
    After the presentation, ask teams of participants to write 20 short answer questions based on the content. Collect all questions shuffle the cards and conduct a quiz- program.
In this way, interaction will ensure that all the persons/ participants/ audiences have understood the message that is sent. This will also be more likely to respond favorably to the message if it appears reasonable and fair to the receiver.

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