Seven Golden Rules for Teaching Groups
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- Maintain eye contact with everyone.
- Speak so that everyone can hear. Talk with a clear, strong, and kind voice.
- Show your enthusiasm. Move around, and use hand gestures.
- Keep track of time. Wear a watch, or have a clock in the room. Plan your presentation so that you do not have to rush. Do not let the class run too long.
- Show interest in the group members.
- Greet them when they come in.
- Tell them you value their time and attendance.
- Listen to what people say.
- Talk simply and to the point, and give clear, short answers.
- Help them to set realistic goals for their pledges.
- Stay calm and use humor. Focus on the positive.
- End with a review of the most important points. Thank them for coming.
- Try to have everyone participate. People tend to learn more when they are involved. Try not to lecture.
- Ask questions. Praise correct answers. Correct wrong information politely.
- Answer questions. Be honest. Find answers to questions you cannot answer.
- Pay attention to content. Your presentation must provide correct information.
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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012