Throughout my career in emergency services, I taught numerous fire, hazardous materials, paramedical, and management courses, to large and small groups. Early in my career I realized that one method might work for one group, but not with another. Public speaking is not just getting up and talking in front of a group of people, it is also about reading your audience, preparing, preparing, and preparing. Preparation is reviewing the material, possibly creating handouts or other material, and developing your plan of delivery. Is it lecture, is it PowerPoint, flip charts, etc.? How are you going to engage the audience, what to wear, how to respond to questions or disagreements? I taught for 36 years and evaluated other instructors.
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