By Al Mozingo

1. Add a little humor (Do something funny).

2. Use an enthusiastic approach (Add personality to your presentation).

3. Use a good introduction (Use the acid process = Arouse, Curiosity, Interest, or Desire).

4. Prepare for the presentation (Know the material, review, study, prepare).

5. Prepare yourself (Physically – Eat right and rest. Emotionally – prepare yourself for the presentation. Intellectually – Always strive to be the best you can be, keep learning yourself).

6. Use a variety of teaching aids (White board, video, PowerPoint, exercises, questions, use interaction, etc.)

7. Be organized (Take the time to approach every presentation with organization).

8. Know the subject (Your background and experience should add toward establishing your credibility, use stories if applicable).

9. Be happy (Show a demeanor of happiness, smile, and be friendly).

10. Use positive motivation (A positive approach is always best, don’t show arrogance or put anyone down in your class).

11. Respect others (Be cooperative, considerate, and kind – always strive for participation, engage your students).

12. Understand the student (Empathize with them when teaching, remember you don’t know it all).

13. Indicate expectations (Show an outline, indicate the behavioral changes you are trying to accomplish, present the objectives).

14. Keep morale up (Be a motivator and be humble).

15. Ask questions (Asking questions are a way to direct students, evaluate, review, and/or create more interest).

16. Keep it simple (Understanding what is needed, build on previous knowledge, teach from the known to the unknown, teach from the simple to the complex).

17. Make it a group effort (Encourage participation, show them they have experience too, ask for full participation, interact with the participants, and be positive).

18. Use experiences (This brings about interest, helps establish credibility, makes it practical – tell stories, use lessons learned).

19. Make it pragmatic (They need to be able to use the information).

20. Encourage (They need to feel they have learned, they can make a difference, they can continue to improve, show baby steps).

21. Be humble (Don’t be sarcastic, don’t be abrasive, don’t be a know it all, maintain a humble attitude).

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Good post-

I own my own Emergency Management training company and provide training Australia wide and there are some really good points here for any person providing training and consultancy services whether it be commerncially or in the firehouse.
I would like to start a dialogue with you. I am a retired 30 year veteran (Career Firefighter). I have taught more than 2,500 classes, seminars, workshops, and conferences. I have also published more than 350 articles in fire service journals throughout the United States. Take a look at my web site: www.firemanager.com

A question: I would like to come to your country to teach (I have taught in Canada and England).

Great list. I have taught some training classes for my fd but I am teaching my first all day class (hazmat awareness) in a few weeks and plan to hit on all 21 topics in you list.

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