SIDS Program Manual Trainer's Guide SIDS & Infant Death Program Manual and Trainer's Guide

Appendix B

Training Method #1: Presentation/Lecture/Panel Discussions


1. Introduce the topic. Tell the participants what you are going to tell them. Use an opening that:

  • Explains the purpose of the presentation and why it is important.
  • Relates to the topic, situation, participants or speaker.
  • Involves and stimulates the audience.
  • Creates positive thinking and peaks interest.
  • Gets attention, for example, by using:
    • Questions
    • Illustrations
    • Brief stories
    • Subject matter of significance
    • Presents the topic
    • Unique facts
    • Quotations
    • Compliments
    • Serves as a preview to subject matter

2. Hold participant attention and interest by:

  • Being enthusiastic, dramatic or humorous.
  • Using specific examples that:
    • Provide clarity, color and
    • Make the impersonal become
      more personal.
    • Help a general thought become a specific one.
    • Avoid jargon.
    • Vary the pace.
  • Providing opportunities for participant involvement by:
    • Questioning both ways.
    • Acknowledging individuals, by name, if possible.
    • Asking for participant assistance.
    • Using references that show material is aimed at a specific group.
    • Using surprises and extras.
    • Inviting the participants to ask questions.

3. Use a closing that:

  • Summarizes the entire activity and emphasizes the key take-home message.
  • Makes a meaningful statement.
  • Relates to the topic, situation, participants or speaker.
  • Ties together the activity as an entity.