It’s not all about you!
The first time I taught, I agonised over my presentations, until I realised, with some relief, that students were more engaged when they interacted. The simplest classroom trick is to ask a question, which, whilst interactive, will make most students uncomfortable.
It’s about the conversation.
The most boring person at the party is the one who talks at you. We come to life when asked about our experiences or what we think. That is because the conversation changes to what interests us — be it a passion for bee keeping or climate change.
One step then, to engage, is to make your content more relevant to your audience.
Finding out about the learners ahead of a workshop is what experienced facilitators do: by emailing an online survey or a poll ahead of a session, to tailor delivery to their audience.
Online, it’s about resetting our approach so it encourages students to participate.