(Closed) How do you make a boring lecture interesting?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Make it interactive, if possible. Anything to shake up the monotony and re-catch their attention!

Also, anything can be interesting if the person lecturing about it passionate enough about it!

If there is stuff that’s really common sense/your audience should already know, acknowledge that and don’t spend too much time on it, focus more on the application in this particular situation.

Real life stories and quotes, like you mentioned, can help a lot! Don’t be afraid to give the stories surrounding the quotes – the information they’re receiving may be vital to saving lives, so let them associate it with some real life scenarios to make it hit home more!

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ddw: Yes, making it interactive is the best! Let them ask questions. Come up with some activities so they can act out what they’re learning in small groups. Don’t think of the topic as boring – you know about it, right? So it stuck with you for a reason. Find the most intriguing aspects, and those are the ones where you spend the most time. Also, a PowerPoint with funny pictures and videos (within reason, of course) can really help!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Not sure what the topic is, but could you present it as a specific patient case in the beginning?  We have a lot of professors do that and I enjoy it, particularly because it’s interactive.  Even asking basic questions like “What are the signs and symptoms this patient could present with (or is presenting with)?”  “What would you do first?” and encourage people just to shout out what they think.  If you have access to any type of whiteboard or computer technology, you can even write everything down as they say it.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

Breaking up the information with even small interactions can help!

And don’t be afraid to be honest with them – “I know this is really info-heavy, so let’s push through”, or giving them a stretch break halfway through (or as necessary as you see people nodding off, haha). I used to make my English students do jumping jacks in the middle of class if they weren’t tracking. 😉

Also, breaking things down and having a concise outline helps a LOT because it will give them a reason to re-focus at each major point, and if nothing else, they WILL walk away with a frameworks.

Interactive can also mean something for them to focus on while you’re lecturing, like a handout (sounds elementary, but hey… if it works, it works) – fill in the blank, empty bullet points under an outline, etc. so they can gauge how much information they should be absorbing and be involved by writing it down.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Interactive can also be about giving the “class” a task or problem to solve in a small group, or a question to discuss in pairs. Then they go back into the big group and you ask them to talk about what they just talked about! So, it’s a business problem. Maybe they get into a group to talk about how this could affect their business, or is already? Or, at the start of the lecture, they talk about how they’re currently approaching it… My guess is, you know how people are currently handling it, and you can show them how wrong that is and maybe get a few laughs! Maybe it’s a hand-out with a hypothetical patient case (always pulls on the heartstrings), and in a group they figure out how to use what they just learned to solve it in a less emotionally wrenching way? You can also break things up with a quiz! It’s all about getting them to contribute to the discussion and eating up some of your time. 🙂

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