In one week from now I am holding a course in computer programming, which takes place twice a week. The course has 30 participants. It is the first time I am holding a course.
Now I have to prepare myself. I think it will be quite similar to prepare a talk, hence the title.
So the situation: I know the information I have to present extremely well, so this is not a problem.
My problem is
- preparing myself effectively, not spending much unnecessary time.
- what to focus on and how to train myself to speak well
- 50% of my talks don't run very well, in part I have a problem speaking without gaps or pauses, and sometimes I get nervous, especially if I run out of material I have to say or if I feel the audience is not listening to me.
So it is like a coin flip, if my talks run well and up to now I didn't have to speak for 2 hours or more in a row.
To address part of the problem I joined a debate club, where I speak in front of groups from time to time. It was a superb tip I got from a friend!!
I did a storyboard to structure my content and did the slides of the first course lecture. I watched the most popular youtube video of someone teaching a similar course and I copied interesting things.
Now I will hold the first 1-2 course lectures in front of friends and once also in front of a presentation coach, who among my friends.
Any tips on
- how much time I should spend preparing the slides and content versus holding the course/rehearsing the course
- how to train rhetoric skills like moving the arms, pausing from time to time.
- how to focus on the most important things (not getting distracted by technical things, like the programming examples)