Captivate from the beginning
Start your lecture with something short and interesting that is going to settle and engage the crowd with the lecture.
- Start with a cartoon, or a cool picture and talk about it, show something you are passionate about.
- Tell them little things about yourself (avoid long and winding stories) so that they will see you are human and you trust them enough to share
- home country: where, what, how
- your experience with learning the topic you lecture about
- worst day ever, best class ever, worst experiment, worst lab exam etc
Try to vary the intonation (pitch and tone) of your voice, it doesn’t matter how interesting the contents, a monotone voice is guaranteed to send a lecture room full of students to sleep.
Break away from the lectern or podium in order to maintain contact with the crowd. Be conversational in tone. Use humor, since people are more motivated to listen when they’re having fun.
People like jokes; they like stories. Give them something they can relate to and let them hang the information on that. Look for opportunities to use demonstrations that make a point, “Use” quotes from books or movies or songs that you think they will like or that simply you like.
Make the lecture interactive
An interactive lecture is one that includes and encourages participation. Using techniques that encourage all students to contribute, helps to promote retention and learning of the content presented during lecture. For Example: Take polls on various related or not topics (usually that they care or can relate about)
- It shows you care about their opinion
- It breaks the monotony
Leave them with a message
Lectures should have a planned ending – not just a last word for the day. Your ending should include:
- a summary of the main points
- a recap of the key questions posed/answered
- an ‘exit thought’ you would like your audience to take with them, one way is to end the lecture with a provocative question