Presentation Tips


  • Practice!  You need to know the PowerPoints, Student Book and this Trainer’s Manual extremely well before teaching the class.face the audience  This will not only help your credibility and improve the time and flow of your presentation, but more importantly will increase the chance of graduating outstanding inspectors.
  • You must be up-to-date with procedures to ensure consistency.  Be comfortable with the material.
  • Face the classroom when you are speaking, not the screen.

Do not read the slides or use the slideshow as your cue cards. Set the room up so you can see the slides on your computer screen.  Some presenters are more comfortable with note cards to prompt them through the presentation.  The presentation notes are provided in the appendix and can be used in front of a classroom on a podium.

  • Make sure you are the focus of the presentation, not the visuals. Visuals are meant to enhance your presentation, not be the focus.
  • Be aware of your non-verbal cues: body language, gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice and volume.
  • Use the laser pointer appropriately to highlight important pictures or points.
  • When writing on flipcharts or white boards, alternate colors for each line and write neatly using capital letters.
  • Be positive!  While many things can go wrong in the field, this training is the student’s first exposure to his or her new job.  The training should be engaging and empowering.  There are appropriate times in the training to discuss the negatives of the job (e.g. angry boaters should be discussed in the inspection section, not in the introduction demonstration).
  • Avoid excessive story telling.  It is often good to personalize the presentation by contributing your experiences.  However, excessive story telling can throw the schedule off fast and cause you to skip important information.
  • Stick to the Slide!  The training is set up in sequence.  Speak about the slide that’s present and avoid jumping ahead or getting off on tangents. 
  • Make sure people are comfortable (e.g. access to bathrooms, water, temperature, etc.)
  • Time management: Be aware of your time and do not go over.