Whether you are lecturing a dozen times a year or only a couple, as a dental lecturer, it’s a good idea from time to time to reevaluate the methods you use to present information to colleagues and students. Using the most-up-to date technology and visuals as well as improving your stage presence can be the difference between a lecture that engages your participants and one that puts them to sleep.
Below are 10 ways you can breathe new life into your talks to avoid lecture fatigue and engage your audience.
Lead-off with a good story and use an interesting visual – Tell a funny anecdote or a fictional story to establish rapport with participants. It’s important to have a good ice breaker before launching into the meat of the dental lecture. Also, show a cartoon or 3D anatomy graphic to engage participants early on in the lecture.
Initial case problems – Present a primary problem to structure the dental lecture around.
Pose a Question – Ask questions. A question can motivate participants to pay more attention to the information presented in the dental lecture.
Headlines - Write short and concise headlines. Sprinkle them throughout your lecture where it makes sense. Short headlines and sub-headlines create better memory points than paragraph-length headlines.
Examples and Analogies - A real life story is a great way to link dental lecture material to real world scenarios.
Software – Using presentation software like Anomalous Medical Smart Lecture or PowerPoint can engage participants immediately. Software is also light-weight and easier to carry than flip charts, transparencies or handouts.
Present Challenges – Occasionally stop the lecture to engage participants. Present a challenge for them to solve. Make sure to encourage analysis and debate.
Activities – Similar to challenges there are other activities you can use to engage participants. Provide a step by step demonstration on a procedure, provide materials and equipment for hands on activities or involve them in simulating a condition using 3D anatomy simulation software in Anomalous Medical.
Application Problems – Pose a problem and ask participants to solve it based on the information given. Provide materials, such as 3D simulation software or equipment they can use to arrive at an answer.
Participant Reviews – Feedback is an important part of improving your dental lectures. Ask participants to rate each portion of the lecture. The rating results will show you where improve your dental lecture.
You can make lectures featuring 3D dental anatomy with the Smart Lecture tools to improve engagement with your audience. Email us at email@example.com to schedule a free software demonstration.