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Exercise Design

October 4, 2008

I sat there totally confused.

I was in a seminar, we’d been given an exercise to do and I was at a loss as to where to start and what I needed to do.

Many presenters incorporate an exercise into their seminar or presentation because an exercise is the “how to” of the learning curve. You give your audience some information, then you get them to complete an exercise so they can put what they have learnt into practice – they learn by doing.

If your exercise isn’t explained clearly and concisely you end up with someone like me, someone who was sitting there not knowing what to do or how to do it.

You need to design your exercises so that everyone knows what they need to do and how they are going to achieve it.

1. Why – Explain why the audience is partaking in the exercise, the reason for doing it.

2. What – Explain what the exercise is, what they’ll be doing, the intended outcomes and how it relates to what you’ve been talking about.

3. How – Explain how they perform the exercise step by step, do a demonstration or provide handouts.

Your audience will learn quicker by doing; an exercise is a great way to reinforce their learning experience.

Keep speaking – Carrol