The Inter-religious Council of Kenya organized for a training of Presenters (TOPs). The training of the TOPs was aimed at providing participants an opportunity to learn how to present the ENGAGE and lead discussion on family planning and religious leaders. Patricia Chamia facilitated the training and 20 participants drawn from the different RCBs under the umbrella of IRCK as well as the IRCK secretariat were trained.

1.0 Common causes of ineffective presentations
Failure to motivate the audience
Confusing structure
Too much or too little detail
Poorly designed visuals
Lifeless presenters
2.0 Five steps to follow to be an effective presenter
There is need to focus on the needs of the audience, how we can engage the audience for hours on without losing them. The presenters should have a strategy of ensuring the message intended is delivered and Consider audience motivations
Effective presenters should list their communication objectives that answer the reasons for having the presentation on such a day and to a particular group of people. It is important to always stick to the message and avoid deviation to ensure the objective intended is achieved.
Determining the specific content; it is necessary for the presenters to have specific key messages and not too many, the choice of language should be appropriate and determine the amount of time for delivery
Organizing information- presenters should be keen to have a start, middle and conclusion, emphasis needs to put in the various sections i.e say it, explain it and say it again.
Design the style and create the visuals- choose a style that supports the tone, apply the same to each slide, decide the best way to display the information, vary visual effects and avoid cluster, ‘less is more’.
3.0 Presenting a persuasive message
Seize attention
State need or problem
Satisfy the audience: Present solution
Visualization: Draw picture of future
Action: Move to positive action
4.0 Effective public speaking (POST)

i Preparation

ii Organizing your delivery

iii Style voice and appearance

iv Tailoring nervous energy

5. 0 Responses and feedback from the trained presenters on effective presentation
It is important for presenters to always do audience research and identify the gaps that exist in their way of doing things.
On average, the number of slides for any presentation should range between 15 and 18; it is prudent therefore to know exactly what message a presenter wants to pass across to avoid having too many slides in one presentation.
One of the ways of evaluating an effective presentation is during the health break discussions, also, the questions that the audience asks during the presentation shows whether or not the message was passed.
To overcome the challenges that can be posed by a hostile audience, presenters need to do a good background research on their audience

6.0 Practicing presentation
The trained TOPs were given an opportunity to practice the presentation with the skills they had acquired; they were keen to learn from each other’s presentation with the following comments;

Avoid a lot of movement during the presentation

  • Prepare before presenting to avoid mistakes
  • Presenters should vary their tones and places of emphasis- i.e. reproductive health and family planning are IMPORTANT to everyone in our lives
  • Avoid omission of words and be audible.
  • Avoid reading content directly while making references.
  • A question should be posed as a question and not a statement
  • Presenters should time themselves on how long they do the presentation
  • If there is need to change the script there is need for the presenter to synchronize the script with the person responsible for operating the laptop


  • There is need to discuss the woman’s health as we raise the issue of family planning- the man should be asked if he is concerned about the health of the woman. This can be an entry point to use the religious leaders to engage in the wellbeing of the mother.
  • There is need to have male championing family planning, men should engage fellow men to bring them on board, an entry point could be through the men associations in the churches and mosques where we can also be able to identify the champions.
  • There is need to demystify some misconceptions and myths on family planning
  • The youth and young children need training on life skills; what is normal and expected and what is not.

Way forward

    • Meeting of the TOTs will be on 9th July 2015 to review the work plans and reports
    • Trainees were advised to share experiences with other groups and visit one another.
    • Trainees are to implement the work plans and reports.
    • Target persons with special needs (as TOTs) at administrative level of IRCK.
    • Monitoring and evaluation from IRCK personnel will be on progress.
    • Consult with NCPD on the issuing of Certificate of Presenters to the trainees.