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Welcome to the National Guard Family Program e-learning lesson on training skills. Throughout history, we have tended to gravitate to those who can communicate powerful ideas effectively. When giving a speech or presentation or providing training, the basics are the same. Purposeful body movement, motivated gestures, eye contact, and vocal variety all help to ensure your audience receives your message. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to identify elements of effective training delivery and recognize effective and ineffective training delivery.

Avoid subtle pitfalls to effectively deliver your message.

For any training or presentation you do, you most likely know your purpose, your objectives, the points you want to drive home, and what you are asking the audience to do. Unfortunately, these key elements will be lost if you are nervous and end up using a monotone voice, saying "umm" and "ahh," or tapping your pen throughout the entire presentation. These sometimes subtle and not-so-subtle differences are what make or break a presentation. Knowing what you can do to avoid these pitfalls will help you focus on what really matters—your message.

Practice these five training skills to master your presentation

These five key training skills will ensure that your hard work pays off:

  • Body Movement:  Know how much room you have to work with and how the audience sees you.
  • Gestures: Be sure to use your hands in a purposeful way.
  • Eye Contact: Make a point to connect with your audience to convey credibility.
  • Vocal Variety: Use appropriate pitch and inflection to drive home your message.
  • Channel Nervousness: Embrace your nervous energy and use it to display enthusiasm.