Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 15

FRONT OF THE ROOM
Brian Lange

Help! I've Got a
Big Audience!
This is one way
you share ownership
with the audience.

I

recently received a request from a trainer to
share some thoughts on what adjustments
might be made in order to accommodate a
large audience (50+ people in this case). It is
tempting to view that as a totally different
experience from that of a smaller (10-25
people) session - however, I've found they're
more similar than one might think. In some
ways, we just have to think "bigger" than our
usual deliveries.
One strategy is to identify what potential
concerns you may have about a big group, and
then find a way to tell the group what you need:
* "With a big room like this, and the high
ceilings - I'm really going to need to ask that
you project your voices so that others will
hear you when you contribute."
* "You might consider standing when you
contribute to help ensure people hear you."
* "We need fresh energy and perspectives for
this interaction, so I'd ask that you consider
finding a partner who is someone you may
not know well."
By sharing what you need as the facilitator, it
gives the audience the chance to choose
whether they want to step up and play a role
within the session. It helps them be accountable
- because they have chosen to - rather than
simply being compliant to some rule you've laid
down. is is one way you share ownership
with the audience.
Here are some additional thoughts to
consider:
* If the audience is seated at tables, try to limit
table size to six. Sidebars and distraction
tend to escalate with more people.
* Make a list of all potential pitfalls as you

review the leader's guide or notes - and
create a plan to overcome them.
* Be visible. Go visit the folks on the sides and
in the back of the room during your delivery.
* Your voice/inflection/animation will be key
(use a lavalier microphone for sure)! You
need to focus on presenting a compelling
audible experience: You have to fill up that
big room! A great technique is to use the
voice memo feature on your smartphone
and press "record" during a practice delivery.
Challenge yourself: "Am I interesting to
listen to?"
* Clearly ask the group to "Listen for my voice
while you're working on your activity. I'll
give a one-minute or 30-second warning for
when we're going to come back together as a
group." is gives them a heads-up of what
to expect.
* Get proof from the audience (by asking for
volunteers to recap) that they know what
they're about to do as they embark on an
activity.
* Support any instructions for an activity with
a PowerPoint slide with a few bullet points
(not paragraph description).
* Make sure font-size is legible for a big group.
is is oen not the case (for example, we
use a minimum of 32-pt, bolded font).
Finally, don't be afraid to have them do small
group work. Just because they're in a large
session, it doesn't mean you have to do all of the
heavy-liing from the front of the room! ■

Brian Lange, blange@perim.com, is with Perim Consulting and serves as lead facilitator for LTEN PrimeTime! For
Trainers Core and Masters Workshops. Find blogs, tweets and more at Perim.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Focus Magazine - Winter 2017

LTEN Focus on Training Magazine
From the President: Preparing for Change
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Facilitative Training & Mutual Learning Models
Directions: A Time to Reflect and Plan
Front of the Room: Help! I've Got a Big Audience!
Building Account Management Capabilities
6th Annual Medical Device & Diagnostics Trainers Summit
Training Your Sales Team for Today's Changing Customers
Training Reinforcement 101
Sales Simulation Programs that Drive Performance
5 Persuasive Communication Lessons
Do It Yourself In-House Talent Development
Leveraging Simulation-Based Technology in Training
3 Essential Pillars for Competitive Selling
Virtual How: Learning Innovation & Best Practices
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
Meet Your Incoming LTEN Board President
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Intro
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - LTEN Focus on Training Magazine
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Cover2
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 3
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 4
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - From the President: Preparing for Change
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 6
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Table of Contents
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 8
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Table of Contents
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 10
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Guest Editor: Facilitative Training & Mutual Learning Models
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 12
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Directions: A Time to Reflect and Plan
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 14
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Front of the Room: Help! I've Got a Big Audience!
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 16
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Building Account Management Capabilities
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 20
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 21
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 6th Annual Medical Device & Diagnostics Trainers Summit
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Training Your Sales Team for Today's Changing Customers
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Training Reinforcement 101
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Sales Simulation Programs that Drive Performance
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 5 Persuasive Communication Lessons
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Do It Yourself In-House Talent Development
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Leveraging Simulation-Based Technology in Training
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - 3 Essential Pillars for Competitive Selling
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Virtual How: Learning Innovation & Best Practices
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Ad Index
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Focus Contacts
Focus Magazine - Winter 2017 - Meet Your Incoming LTEN Board President
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