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10 minutes presentation for an interview


I have been asked to create a 10 minutes presentation as part of a second Interview for a Trainign Advisor.

The company works in the media business and I would like some ideas on how to structure the presentation to make it interesting and interactive.

4 Responses

  1. Link together learning needs of individuals with overall busines

    If I were interviewing you I would want to know what you would do to link Training with the needs of the business. So establish what the key business needs are and summarise them in your presentation.

    Then think about Learning (not just training and training courses)and address these two key questions in light of the above business needs – 1.) How do you get people motivated to learn (suggest by helping them create their own individual learning agenda) and 2.) What variety of learning activities are available to individuals at work to get their agenda met? Here’s a few – training courses, appraisals, shadowing, e-learning, books, CD’s, internal communities of practice.

    Hope this helps

    Roger Martin
    01993 813720

  2. Tell stories
    Think about how a TV programme starts and ends – always with an attention-grabbing intro and outro (I used to work in TV). Do somehting that will grab their attention.
    Be yourself – don’t fake.
    MOST IMPORTANTLY: tell human-interest stories – eg about yourself, your triumphs as a trainer. Use storytelling technique: something was going on fine (intro) then: CRISIS! How did you handle it? Then – the happy ending. All stroies engage the human brain’s wish to be entertained by narrative.
    Don’t make the mistake that 99% of people make in this situation – bore the pants of the audience with long words, pompous concepts and death by PowerPOint.
    Good luck!

  3. Agree
    I totally agree with Jennys comments, make it intersting steer clear of mundane facts and figures. Annecdotes and stories that have a learning for yourself and others.
    As for structure, remember the old favourite “Tell them what your going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them.
    Clear beginning, middle and end. Intro should include, Introduce self and experience, Need – why should I listen to you, Title – what its all about, Range – the structure of what you will cover and how long, Objective – the aim.
    Then go into the detail, use powerpoint sparingly, just show on the slide the bones not the meat.
    Conclude – remember to signpost – “In conclusion, I have ….
    The close should include what you have covered – how that meet your objective you set out to achieve and a way forward i.e whats next. Then open the forum to questions.

    For 10 minutes – 1 -2 minute INTRO, 5-6 minutes body – 1Minute close for 1 or 2 questions at end. After question toime thank audience.

    Hope it goes well


  4. train rather than present
    Have they specifically asked you to do a presentation in the 10 min slot or can you do something else. If you can maybe try to teach the panel something, I recently gained a job as a trainee trainer and I taught my interviews how to make a paper aeroplane using origami. I was given a little more time of 15mins but the initial structure of a training session was there.
    Tell them what you are going to do ,do it and then tell them what they have done.
    Hope it all goes well.
    P.S. In ten minutes you could teach them how to tie a tie.


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