Are you organizing a seminar soon? Here are the 7 best ways to communicate with your audience

Do you give frequently give seminar talks or are you just preparing for your first seminar presentation? Preparing a great seminar presentation is not just enough, you have to figure out a way to effectively pass across your message to your audience. Seminars are very important because they have the ability to greatly influence the lives of your audience, you therefore need to be able to effectively pass your message to your audience in the best ways possible. To help you achieve this, here are the best 7 ways to get across to your audience and have a productive seminar.

  1. Never go over time: using up other peoples time in any setting is not nice and a seminar is not an exemption. As a seminar speaker, it is your duty to ensure that you keep to time and try as much as possible to leave room for questions after your presentation. Ensure you occasionally take a look at your watch without drawing the attention of your audience to it while you do so. Know what parts of your presentation are expendable just in case you run out of time.
  2. Discuss your most important points first: your audience interest and attention is at the highest in the beginning of any seminar, it would therefore be a smart move as a speaker to first discuss your most important points and save the sub-points for later.
  3. Speak with enthusiasm. As a seminar speaker, it is important that you show confidence and speak with enthusiasm as this is a sure way to gain the attention of your audience and keep them interested in your presentation, it will also help you to successfully pass your message across without boring the participants. Even if you have a great presentation but you are speaking in a monotonous voice, there is no doubt you will quickly loose the attention of your audience. Always speak clearly and try as much as possible to avoid mumbling.
  4. Interact: It is very important to interact with your audience as this is the only means to know if you are getting your message across to them. You should move around the stage if you have the opportunity to do so. Try to make the presentation easy to understand and avoid the use of complex grammar where possible. Feel free to make spontaneous jokes with random events that may take place during the seminar but avoid overdoing it if you don’t want to be seen as clown. Also note that it is very wrong to make an offensive joke or a joke that may embarrass a particular participant. Thank your audience for their time as you round up your presentation.
  5. Make use of learning aids/materials: learning aids like graphs, charts, slides, etc. can serve as really great and effective way to make your audience understand the topic discussed. It draws the attention of the participants and creates a visual support for your presentation. You should not put up slides unless you are already talking about it, if you don’t want to lose your audience attention to the slides. Also avoid overcrowding your slide with so many details and remember that your slide is not a substitute for your voice.
  6. Avoid using the bathroom: as unbelievable and weird as this may sound, it is more common than you think. As a seminar speaker it would be great for you and your audience for you to use the bathroom before the start of your seminar as this would prevent any awkwardness that may arise from you having to take a bathroom break during your presentation.
  7. Dress the part: you should dress decent and professional. If you want to look like you know what you are talking about and be taken seriously, it is necessary you dress the part because how you dress is how you will be addressed.

Rightly applying the seminar tips above would no doubt leave you with your most productive seminar ever.

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All You Need To Know About Seminars

A seminar is a gathering of different people in which professionals discuss on a particular topic, it is usually held by a commercial or private organization. It has the function of bringing together groups of people for recurring meetings, focusing each time on some particular subject, in which everyone present is required to participate. This is often accomplished through an ongoing dialogue with a seminar leader or speaker, or through a more formal presentation of research. It is a place where assigned readings are discussed, questions can be asked and debates can be conducted. Seminars provide an opportunity to explore topics by discussion, and to identify and sort out any problems. A seminar might be held to impart some skills or knowledge to the participants and can be motivational, in which case the purpose is usually to inspire the participants to become better people, or to work towards implementing the skills they might have learned from the seminar.

Often times a seminar is led by a speaker who prepares and presents the topic and kicks off the discussion. So that the seminar is of benefit to everyone, it is the responsibility of the other participants to contribute their ideas, opinions and questions. For this to work well these contributions should have been researched and prepared in advance. The speaker’s role is as a facilitator. Their aim is not to ‘give a lecture’ but to try to encourage contributions from all those present by asking questions that stimulate further discussion. At the end of the seminar they may sum up and draw some conclusions.

Seminars create opportunities to explore topics in more depth, share ideas in a way that will advance your thinking, learn from other people’s experiences and background knowledge, gain perspectives and points of view that you might not have otherwise considered, identify and sort out any misunderstandings(Discover seminars happening around you on seminarsgo.com). Seminars provide the opportunity to clarify and deepen your understanding and increase your confidence in the topics discussed.

Before you can express your ideas clearly in a group discussion you need to get them straight in your head. Often times when we communicate our ideas to others the process of putting our thoughts into words enables us to help clarify them further. It may also allow us to see things in a way that we had not done before. In a seminar, the group shares the responsibility for keeping control of the discussion. This gives you the chance to gather your own thoughts before you present them against the different points of view that are offered by the other participants. In this way, a group can collectively advance their level of thinking through an effective combination of independent reading and group discussion.

A seminar provides a comfortable environment in which to practice and develop a range of valuable study skills and transferable skills. By taking part in seminars you will learn more about your subject area, and become more comfortable with the language of your subject area. Terms which before you thought were unnecessary ‘jargon’ now have some meaning. Besides that, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that will enable you to build a great career or become a successful entrepreneur.

Seminars provide an Ideal chance to build a network of peer support. One of the best things about attending a seminar is discovering that other participants are experiencing the same difficulties as you and some may have found a way around such problems. By sharing your concerns you will be able to put get them into perspective. You will also come to realize that there are different ways of approaching the same problem.

Attending seminars in today’s world is definitely a big “YES” as it provides a real opportunity for you to develop yourself in different aspects and also provide you with the skills you require to finally live the life of your dreams.

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4 things to do during a seminar break

Have you ever wondered what to do during a seminar break? Do you quickly find yourself idle or bored during a seminar break? www.seminarsgo.com, Nigeria’s #1 seminar site has come up with a list of important things you can do with your free time. Without boring you, here are 4(four) things to do during a seminar break;

  1. Review your note: a seminar break is a great time to review your note pad, go through your key points and seminar materials, this would help you to further understand what is has been discussed by the speaker(s). By reviewing your notes, you would have gained a lot by the time the break is over.
  2. Take a walk: talking a work during a seminar break is healthy for you and would also help you stretch your legs from sitting. Take a casual stroll around the seminar venue but be mindful of your personal belongings and avoid walking too far from your seminar venue, you can leave your belongings with security if you feel the need to.
  3. Use the bathroom: ensure you use the bathroom during a seminar break even if you do not feel the need to do so, this would prevent you from making any emergency trip to the bathroom once the seminar resumes and also save others whatever distraction your bathroom trips would cost.
  4. Share ideals: a seminar break is a great time to meet up with other participants to discuss and share ideals, you can also use the opportunity of the break to ask questions from the speakers or your fellow participants. Try to do this politely so you don’t end up being seen as intrusive.

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Top seminar tips to help you get the best out of any seminar

Seminars are great and very useful but to get the best out of them, you need to understand a few tricks to help you have a great seminar and actually benefit from attending them at the end of the day. SeminarsGo, Nigeria’s #1 seminar website has put together a list of some simple and useful tips to help you get the best out of any seminar.

  1. Arrive early: it is important that you arrive early, this would give you enough time to prepare yourself for the seminar. Ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes to the start of the seminar as this would provide just enough time for you to get settled, however avoid getting to the venue too early to prevent being worn out before the start of the seminar.
  2. Have the necessary materials: ensure you have the required materials ready in order to avoid any inconvenience that may occur as a result of trying to use the materials of other participants, also try has much as possible to have them within your reach to prevent them from getting mixed up.
  3. Pay attention: this cannot be overstated as there would be some key points that would be discussed by the key speaker that would be important to you, avoid any distractions and always have a note pad with you, it is recommended that you seat where you can both see and hear the speaker clearly.
  4. Communicate with others: try communicating with other if you are unsure of what was said by the speaker or if you are having any other difficulty, however avoid taking the persons time for a long period of time as this can easily get them distracted
  5. Get contacts: always network at the end of every seminar, this gives you the opportunity to meet people who are knowledgeable and more experienced than you. You would also get to learn a few things from them and share ideas.

Follow this seminar tips and you would be on your way to having your most productive seminar ever. Visit www.seminarsgo.com to find seminars happening around you.

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How to identify scam seminars in Lagos

Seminars are popular and in high demand especially in a mega city like Lagos and just like most things with high demand, there are always those with malicious and evil intentions who would want to use such avenue to defraud other. Nigeria’s #1 seminar site www.seminarsgo.com has identified four ways for you to easily identify scam seminars in Lagos and the whole of Nigeria to avoid being a victim of scam seminars.

  1. Unknown venue: This is very common among scammers as they would find it difficult to use reputable locations for their dirty business. If the location is unknown and you have never heard about the place, it is most likely a scam seminar. Call a few friends to ask if they have heard of the address or best search the internet to confirm if such location exists and if it matches the description. You can also visit such location before the day of the seminar with a friend and ask from local residents if the address is what they claim it is especially if you are required to pay a fee.
  2. Little details available: when little details about a seminar is provided such as guest speakers, time, email etc., it’s most likely that you are about to be scammed. Try to gather as much information on a seminar as you can and always confirm on the internet. You can also contact the seminar venue to confirm if the seminar would be holding on the said day.
  3. Pricing: Ensure you always compare the price with what is charged by other related seminars, if you discover the price is not what is obtained with similar seminars by a wide margin, with the price being lower or higher by a huge difference, it is most likely a scam seminar.
  4. You are being pressured to pay money: if you are being pressured to pay money before you have access to information on the seminar, this is a strong sign that the seminar is a scam and should be avoided. Every seminar organizer provides information on their seminar such as benefits of attending the seminar, what is going to be discussed, material to be used or provided etc without requiring payment. You should only make payment after knowing what you are paying for.

It is important to note that fake seminar organizers come up with new strategies very often. Visit blog.seminarsgo.com  every day for more seminars tip. Visit www.seminarsgo.com to find seminars happening around you.

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