Slide-based courses are great for sharing knowledge across the company. You must keep employees interested in these training materials. Training won’t work if learners don’t retain the new information. These 6 simple tips will help you avoid PowerPoint death and give employees meaningful learning experiences.
How to create an engaging training presentation?
Interactivities make a course more interesting. However, this is partly true as training content must be planned at all levels. You’ll then learn how to engage learners from the planning stage to the implementation of your course.
Tip 1: Create an interactive course plan with a storyboard
It’s a good idea for a beginner to prepare and layout your interactive presentation. A storyboard will help you visualize how your presentation will look. The storyboard is a visual representation of the course you are creating. It allows you to plan interactivities and present material to engage learners.
You can use a Word document to create your virtual storyboard or a mockup presentation where you can arrange text, images, charts, tables and lists in a different order. This will allow you to choose the most effective way to communicate information and help learners connect.
If you use iSpring SuiteMax, this is how your storyboard will look. Storyboarding can be a time-saver and will speed up the process of building a course.
Tip 2: Use a great script to hook learners
Although we can all be bored by long slides, some topics need to be explained in detail. Your course’s script is what guides and tells the story to your learners. It also immerses them in the topic.
A presentation script usually includes both on-screen text and narration. You need to be able to deal with both. Although you can work with subject matter experts to prepare the script, texts must be understandable by learners with pre-determined levels of training.
A narration script must sound great and on-screen text should look professional. Your script must be easy to read and understand for both the reader and the listener to engage. We recommend you:
- Use short sentences and a natural tone.
- To make scrolling easier and improve readability, divide your text into shorter passages.
- Before you start reading the script, make sure to read it aloud. Make sure that the sentences sound natural and are easy to understand.
Your presentation will be more engaging and effective if you write and present slides in human terms, not robotically. Some authoring tools like iSpring Suite Max have a text-to-speech function. This feature allows you to record a completely authentic narration in any language. iSpring Suite max allows you to quickly convert text into a computer-generated voice-over. You can also use the built-in audio editor in iSpring to enhance your recording and add effects.
Tip 3: Create interactive assessments
Engaging knowledge checks such as mini games and quizzes will make your presentation more engaging. These will allow you to assess how learners learn the information you have just covered. It will also help you increase their engagement and make employee training less one-way.
You can ignite your learners’ thinking by using true/false and matching activities.
You can create a slide-based course using iSpring Suite and use 14 types interactive assessments. Also, quizzes are built from premade templates. You can set the number of attempts, make them graded, or not, and give feedback on right and wrong answers.
Tip 4 – Spice it up with videos
A presence effect is another way to engage learners. Picture-in-picture videos that feature a presenter in the corner of a screen can be used to accompany screencasts and offer additional guidance for learners.
You can record virtually any instructional video with your laptop’s webcam, including tutorials, presenter-style and talk head videos. For step-by-step instructions, see our guide on making a presentation in PowerPoint.
Tip 5 – Use simulated experiences to enhance your presentation
Interactive dialogue simulations can be created in PowerPoint to help your employees improve their customer service and sales skills. These simulations simulate customer interactions and other workplace situations.
Even if you don’t have any programming skills, the trial version of iSpring Suite Max is required to create a PowerPoint dialogue simulation. This tool also comes with a content library that includes professional backgrounds and characters, so you don’t have to search for additional visual assets for your interactive dialog simulation.