Your Heart, Your Life: A Community Health Worker's Manual for the Hispanic Community

Appendix Handout Seven Golden Rules for Teaching Groups

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  1. Maintain eye contact with everyone.
  2. Speak so that everyone can hear. Talk with a clear, strong, and kind voice.
  3. Show your enthusiasm. Move around, and use hand gestures.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 “Your Heart, Your Life, 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

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