Making Presentations Interactive

Learning is not a spectator sport.

——John Newstrom

Picture a good conversation among people you know; their body language demonstrates their engagement, thoughtful comments are made, one idea stimulates another, humor pops up unexpectedly, energy flows, and time flies for those involved. That positive and memorable communication experience is the kind of participant involvement we imagine when we talk about interactive presenting. This chapter emphasizes the importance of making presentations interactive and discusses how to increase participants’ verbal involvement in your training talks. The chapter closes with a description of three additional methods for generating increased participant involvement.

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