When talking about safety, it is important that your audience gets the message that you are trying to share. This goal is best achieved if you deliver your talk in the best way possible.
Listed below are a few tips on how to deliver your safety talks successfully.
Prepare for it
The last thing you want to do when planning to deliver your safety talk is to come unprepared. Remember that your workers gave you a portion of their valuable time just so they could hear you speak. That time could have been spent to be more productive so make sure that your talk will be worthy of their time.
The most common way to prepare for a safety talk is research. Read about the topic that you chose to talk about and take it into heart. When you go there and speak in front, you should sound like an expert on the topic. That can only be done if you know your topic well.
When you have already mastered your topic, come up with a creative way on how you could present it. Remember, even if you are so knowledgeable about your topic but you cannot present it in such a way that you could reel your listeners in, the knowledge you plan to share might only fall on a number of ears.
Lastly, before you deliver your actual talk, take the time to practice. You can stand in front of the mirror so that you can see what you look like when you are talking. With this, you become conscious of your mannerisms and other distracting behaviours. If you are aware of these actions, it will be easier for you to control them. Furthermore, practicing in front of the mirror also boosts your confidence.
Speak, not read
The best way to lull your listeners to sleep while you deliver your safety talks is to read everything you are going to say. If you are just going to do that, you might as well just give them a transcript of your talk and let them read it on their free time.
This is why when delivering your talk, it is important that you communicate with the audience and actually talk to them – this is the reason why it’s called a safety talk, not a safety read. You can communicate effectively by maintaining eye contact with everybody. This way, you are creating a connection with them and they will be more inclined to listen.
Although it is best that you deliver your talk with only a visual aid, you can also use note cards to help you remember everything you need to say. Just remember to establish steady eye contact with your listeners.
When giving safety talks, it is best that you approach the topic in the most specific way possible. You can do this by contextualizing your topic in a level that your listeners can relate. Show how your topic is applicable to them and their current situation.
By being specific, you can help your listeners retain much of the information that you have shared. People usually remember something more if it is specific and relatable rather than if it was just presented in a general way.
Using props is another way to effectively relay long-lasting information. When you both show and tell what your topic is all about, your listeners are using two senses to process what you are saying – sight and hearing. When more senses are activated, the more information is retained.
Using props is also highly advisable when you are presenting a topic that includes demonstration. It is hard to understand how to do something just by listening to someone give you the instructions. It is better to have an actual model to look at while those instructions are being said. This will help your listeners have a better understanding on how something is done.
When finishing your safety talks, of course you want to make sure that you have imparted the knowledge you want to share. You can do this by ending your talk with the important points that they need to remember after they leave and go back to their work.
By doing this, you are reinforcing the things that you have said during your talk. You are also helping your listeners compress all the information into small bits by summarizing it for them. Smaller bits of information are more easily retrieved and once they do, they can just expound from that.
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