Making safety presentations is not really that different from motivational speaking for other topics. They are practically the same, in fact. The tips one can get motivational speeches and in public engagements in general can also be applied to safety talks and presentations. Here are some of the tips that can help you deliver a successful, engaging, and highly impactful presentation.
Know what you are about to talk about
You cannot talk about anything substantial if you are not familiar with your topic in the first place. Take the time to find out exactly what you are supposed to cover in your safety presentations. Although this topic is specific, it covers a broad range of sub-topics that you can discuss. Do research on the most relevant and up-to-date information about your given topic. You might also want to find out what your audience already knows about your topic so that you are able to add to their knowledge.
Know who you are talking to
This is a basic tip in public speaking. Whether you are to talk in front of a small audience in a meeting room or an entire auditorium full of employees, you should know the specifics of your audience. You do not necessarily have to know them personally. You simply have to have an idea about their general demographics – age, interests, social status,position/job level, etc.. Having this information will help you connect with your audience.
When you know your audience, it will be easy enough for you to “design” your safety presentations. You can choose the right words and deliver your presentation in the right tone for your message to be best understood by your audience.
Be flexible and ready to make changes
This is one of the best traits of a public speaker. You need to be ready to adjust your safety presentations as necessary. The changes that you might have to make could be because of last minute changes in the topic, audience reaction, and time considerations among others. Being prepared with the first two tips above will help you plan to handle any changes quickly and effortlessly. It will be easy enough for you to insert an interesting story, to crack jokes, or to lighten up the mood to get your message across when you know who you are talking to.
Be prepared for the speaking engagement
While being able to do something on the fly and on last minute and pulling it off excellently is a great skill to have, it is not advisable to be unprepared for your safety presentation. The topic of safety is too serious to be glossed over. Your audience will hear and feel it in your voice if you are unprepared.
If you are not used to giving these presentations, being prepared will help you feel more comfortable. You can properly time your presentation so that you do not linger on one aspect unnecessarily. It will also allow you to think about what kinds of props and visuals you can add to make your presentation more interesting. Should you need special equipment, you will have to make arrangements for these beforehand.
Practice your presentation
Practice makes perfect is an adage that does not get old. You can gain a lot from practicing your safety presentations. You can start by reading your presentation. You can already note corrections or adjustments to your presentation. Do this over and over until it feels natural for you to have the words rolling out of your tongue. Then, you can stand in front of the mirror and watch yourself make your presentation. You can observe your facial expressions and gestures when you do this, and thus be conscious of the mannerisms you have to control.
This is one of the best traits of a public speaker.Being prepared with the first two tips above will help you plan to handle any changes quickly and effortlessly.