A trainer has to transmit information through various training sessions, which can, at times, be lengthy. It will be very difficult for him to keep his trainees attentive throughout the session if he does not possess the skill to present the content in an engaging manner. Therefore, a trainer needs to know how to combine your spoken word with appropriate gestures, voice modulation and eye contact so that your trainees remain attentive and engaged.
Here are a few tips that can improve your non-verbal communication:
Look Natural: Be yourself in the classroom. Ensure that your demeanor is natural. If you have the habit of gesturing with your hands while giving a lecture, do so. Do not look frozen or doubtful or this will distract the audience.
You need to deliver the message with clarity and conviction. Even though you are not cent percent convinced by the ideas you’re going to present, look convinced.
Maintain Eye Contact: Never look up at the ceiling or down at the floor or at the wall behind you. Instead, look at your audience. For ease, arrange seating in a semi-circular position so that you can maintain effective eye contact with all of them.
Do not Look Monotonous: Speaking too softly or too loudly in the same pitch cannot attract your audience. Modulate your voice as per the situation.
Avoid Babbling: Speak slowly and deliberately in a loud and clear voice. This will show that you have a good command of the language and are passionate about the concept you are speaking about. When your audience sees that you are confident and in control, they will pay attention to you. Your voice is the number one indicator of that.
Thus, as a trainer it is your responsibility to make the training program effective. In this regard, apart from the activities and tools you use to present training material, your body language, voice control and eye contact can also make your training sessions more effective and fruitful. Hence, pay attention to them!
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