As mentioned in Creating Passion-Driven Teams, "the ability to get up and talk does not a trainer make."
Aside from knowing about different learning styles and the ways to reach them, you should know--and practice-- some specific standup training skills. Here are a few:
- If using a microphone, be sure to test it BEFORE you start training
- Speak clearly - articulate your words
- Hint: Record yourself doing the training before you present it. You will learn a LOT!
- One thought per pair of eyes
- Speak to the audience, not your notes
- Keep your hands hanging free, out of your pockets.
- Use gestures for emphasis - avoid crossing arms or putting them behind your back
- Get out from behind the podium as much as possible
- If using PowerPoint, avoid walls of text. Instead:
- Find quality images that depict your message and use one per slide
- Resize the image so it fills the entire slide
- It's great if the image has an area for a small amount of text
- Use very few words on the slide, layered over the image
- Position words carefully for visual balance and impact
- Never, never, never read your slides to the audience
- Keep other visual aids "hidden" until you're ready to use them
- Avoid issuing handouts until you are ready for them (if possible)
- Ensures handouts are easy to read
- Do not talk while handouts are being issued (nobody pays attention)
- Provide links for "more information"
- If using graphs, make them easy to read, with 4 colors maximum