Lecturing Skills

Lecturing Skills

Having worked with over 50 lecturers in the last year, Presenting Change has identified 10 key skills that underpin successful lectures.

You can find out more about these 10 skills by taking the QuickTest to assess your current ability or you can click here to see the Lecturing Skills in action.

 
 

Take the 3-minute test

Test yourself –take our QuickTest and rate yourself against the 10 skills of lecturing.

The test will only take 3 minutes but it will raise awareness of your current capabilities as a lecturer.

 

  • Voice speed and pausing
  • Voice Tone and Projection
  • Body Language - Message
  • Body Language - Rapport
  • Audience Connection
  • Learning Stimulation
  • Visual Media
  • Structure and Planning
  • Audience Interaction
  • Engagement & Interest

Voice speed and pausing

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I control the speed of my voice to suit my message and I use the pause to good effect

Voice Tone and Projection

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I use a varied tone; I am easily heard and I avoid “filler” words

Body Language - Message

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I use descriptive gestures, facial expression and appropriate movement to enhance my message

Body Language - Rapport

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

My eye contact and rapport gestures encourage audience engagement

Audience Connection

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I give the students a reason to care and relate to their thoughts / concerns

Learning Stimulation

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I enable learning, check understanding and align content to assessments

Visual Media

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I use clear slides and other media and interact with them effectively

Structure and Planning

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

My objectives are clear. My structure aids learning and understanding

Audience Interaction

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

I encourage questions, promote interaction and manage dialogue

Engagement & Interest

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "Not at all" and 10 is "Extremely well", please rate your skill in the following:

And lastly, I use analogies, stories, examples & creative approaches to add interest

Contact Details

Don't forget to answer the last question above and enter your contact details and submit your answers by clicking the "Submit" button below.

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The 10 skills framework is an excellent format to analyse and improve lecturing skills. 

Gary Abrahams, Senior lecturer, University of Exeter

 

Options

If you want to move beyond knowledge and awareness to deeper skill acquisition, there are 3 options;

Option 1

Lecturer’s Pack

This special pack gives you all of the following;

A 16 page skills guide explaining each skill in detail (available as high quality download), packed with practical tips and suggestions.

Unlimited access to all 10 video tutorials, that demonstrate and deepen your knowledge of how to apply each skill.

Free newsletter with tips and examples to help in a range of lecturing and communication scenarios.

A chance to request a topic for a future video tutorial.

10% discount on a 1:1 remote coaching session.   

This is a quality learning package and yet is on offer at a special introductory price of only £30.00 + VAT

Option 2

Remote coaching

A fast and convenient way to prepare for any important lecture, research presentation or speech.

No travel time, no travel expenses, no one else’s agenda.

Just quality, specialist coaching delivered directly to you, wherever you are in the world.

 

Option 3

Small group workshops

Workshops are a superb way to develop a common understanding of how to lecture with confidence, achieve student engagement and impact and small group sizes (typically maximum of 5 people) ensure there is still plenty of scope for individual coaching within the workshop.

Duration normally ranges from 2-8 hours but 2 day programmes can be arranged.

10 skills support materials can be University branded for these events.

 

Examples of lecturing skills in action

Have a look at the example videos below to see some of the skills being put into practice.  Or if you prefer more detailed video tutorials and the 10 skills guide book, simply click on the Lecturer’s Pack button above to try and buy.

Voice speed and pausing.

Kate Raworth

Hear how the voice pace is well matched to the message and filler words are avoided.

Audience connection.

Dan Ariely

This talk starts with engaging questions to build interest with the audience.

Body language-message.

Ruth Chang and Cassie De Pecol

See how open, assertive and expressive body language enhances the content.