Giving a good seminar is like giving a good presentation. You need to know your audience and introduce your topic well. You’ll be fine if you take care of a few important things.
What Is a Seminar?
A seminar is defined as a gathering of people for the purpose of discussing a topic. It is usually led by one or two leaders who lead the discussion.
Modern seminars use a presentation style which includes the use of visual aids to guide the audience’s attention.
Here are some important things to keep in mind while giving a seminar presentation.
Select A Good Title For The Topic
The topic’s title should sound interesting. Remember, a good seminar is like a story. If your chosen topic has potential to make a good story, then you have a potential winner.
Seminars which have an interesting topic, a good story and a clear message are memorable.
Understand Your Audience’s Perspective
How much does your audience already know about the topic of your seminar? This is important to know because it will determine how much time you spend explaining the basics of your topic.
Should your presentation be formal or casual? Ask if you permitted to use humor in your seminar presentation? How should you dress for the seminar?
Learn about the tone of the room where you’ll be giving your presentation by asking questions.
Explain The Main Topic To The Audience
Introduce your main topic with a strong opening. You can start with a question, quote, or by stating a fact.
After that, define your main topic before jumping into details.
The length of this introduction will depend on the length of your seminar and the familiarity of your audience to the topic as well.
Use Visual Aids Instead of Text
Use visual aids wherever possible, especially when presenting lots of information. For example, if you have to show a table, then use a chart or graph instead.
When you’re explaining something in a slide, use a background image that symbolizes your message in a photograph. Click here to learn more about using visuals in PowerPoint presentations.
Make Sure To Check Your Equipment
You don’t want to get stuck in front of an audience. Make sure to test your equipment before the seminar presentation begins.
Make The Ending Memorable
Make sure that the audience remembers your seminar by giving them a memorable ending.
Again, just like the opening, you can use a quote, a question, or a fact to get the audience to ponder.
Finally, be prepared to take questions from your audience once the seminar presentation ends.