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How to Create a Successful E-Learning Presentation

“How to Speak so People Will Listen” was the presentation given at a recent ASTD (American Society for Trainng and Development) meeting in Philadelphia. PA. Dilip Abayaserkara, Ph.D., A.S. from Speaker Services Unlimited was the presenter. I was among the over 50 people priveleged to attended. Dilip is a renowned Speech Coach, accredited speaker, and Toasmasters’ Past International President.  Although most of his information was geared toward “live” presentations, there were also some other ideas that transfer easily into the Online E-Learning Presentation and Distance Learning Presentation style as well.

Here are a few “tips” for you to consider when you create your next presentation:

1. Reduce encoding errors (the message you send)  Example: Don’t say “you look ugly in that dress” if you mean “that dress does not compliment your beauty”

2. Make it easy for the audience to decode (understand/apply your message) Use short words & sentences. Use rhyme, rhythm & cadence. Use images & examples the audience can relate to. Example: Don’t say “Pulchritude extends merely to the epidermal layer” if you mean “beauty is only skin deep”

3. Reduce interference as much as possible. The communication channel (face to face, phone, email, online, etc) determines what the interference is  and what you can do about it.          Example: Online Presenters can integrate more interactive features: read, view, listen, click, write etc.  instead of requiring your audience to just listen to a “boring” lecture or read “dry” content. Create interest and participation not distraction and apathy.

4. Be “First Brain Friendly”  Be What? The first brain is the most primitive part of the brain which directly receives all the sensory inputs and is the gatekeeper (filter) for the rest of the brain (logical thinking and creative part). The first brain seeks (senses) safety and trust before allowing any words, numbers or language in (which is your message/content).  Example: Smile, use open and accepting gestures, be sincere and credible and confident and caring and enthusiastic. (Like an adult is in front of a baby. Let them know it is safe and secure to be with you and learn from you) I think that is why so many successful presenters start with a joke, an icebreaker, or an interesting story to ease the initial “tension” and then the audience is receptive to what they have to say.

5. Give the audience what they want, not what you want. Why?  When you go fishing, is the bait food that you like, or that the fish likes? Example: The audience wants: understanding, relevance, significance, value, inspiration, entertainment, etc.

6. Communicate Clearly. Begin with one sentence or phrase with your crystallized purpose. Then introduce appropriate content, words, examples. Associate new information with old information, keep it simple. Example: How about Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech.

7. Be Organized. If possible, every presentation should have: an introduction, a body and a conclusion with a smooth transition/flow.  One theme with main points and supporting data, an appeal to the mind (factual) and heart (emotional), If you would like to learn more about Dilip Abayasekara, his company Speaker Services Unlimited, or his presentation, “How to Speak so People Will Listen” send me an email at and I will forward you his contact information.

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