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Getting Started as a Group Presenter

Presentation of the module using slides and narrative requires approximately 50 to 55 minutes. The following steps are recommended when preparing for and conducting a presentation or interactive training session.

Preparing for Your Session

  • Complete the Self-Study version of this module to become familiar with the information.
  • If possible, review some of the materials listed in the References section.
  • Become familiar with relevant policies and procedures regarding family planning and contraceptive methods in the country where you are conducting the presentation or training.
  • If you are presenting with the PowerPoint slideshow, you can adapt the slideshow and narrative to meet the needs of your specific audience, considering their level of education, training and experience. Also, consider the amount of time available for the presentation. Add or remove slides and information where appropriate.
  • Use language that you are comfortable with and that will be easily understood by the audience. Speaking from your own notes is more effective than reading directly from the narrative, even if not including participatory activities. Actively engaging the audience with a combination of slides and discussion questions is optimal.
  • Rehearse your session, preferably using the same room and equipment that you plan to use during your presentation.

Preparing Materials for Your Session

  • Make photocopies of the summary fact sheet and student note-taking handouts for your audience. These printable documents are all found as PDF files in Presenter Tools.
  • Reserve a room large enough for your audience that can be darkened for slide-viewing.
  • Obtain a computer and data projector. Select a place to project the image, either a screen, white sheet or blank wall. If a data projector is not available, use the paper copies of the slides to make overhead transparencies or use the pages as a tabletop flip chart.

On the day of the meeting:

  • Greet the participants as they arrive at the meeting site. Use name tags if participants do not know each other. Ask them to briefly introduce themselves.
  • Introduce the presentation by telling participants that these materials are developed by Family Health International (FHI).
  • Tell participants that a certificate of completion for the training can be requested from Family Health International (see below).
  • Pass out the summary fact sheet and student handouts. Encourage the participants to make comments and suggestions on any of these forms during the presentation.
  • Begin the presentation; try to follow the suggested schedule.
  • Take a refreshment break.
  • Complete the presentation.
  • After the presentation, lead a group discussion. Explore the ideas presented and examine ways in which each participant thinks he or she can improve information about and access to contraception. Identify issues that are especially important for additional training or research.
  • Give participants the post-test.
  • If applicable, ask participants to complete an evaluation form. Please inform the participants that upon completing the 12 modules, including the post-tests, they are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. In order to receive the certificate they need to fill out the evaluation form and send it to FHI. Tell them that they may use the address or fax number provided at the bottom of the evaluation form. More information is provided in the Certificate of Completion section.

Ideas for Adapting the Module for Different Audiences

This training module provides basic information about barrier methods. It is designed to be used in many different family planning environments, and is therefore very general. You can make this presentation more interesting and valuable to your audience by adding information about local experiences and practices, especially those that apply to your audience. In addition, some adaptation may be needed within the text or slides to make an appropriate presentation. Here are some ideas for adapting the narrative for different audiences.

For Clinicians
As designed, all slides and scripted material would be appropriate for most clinicians. Key information would include mechanisms of action, efficacy, characteristics, client selection criteria, and counseling issues. Information in the presentation may need to be adapted to meet the specific needs, priorities, scope, resources and constraints of different programs.

For Nonclinical Audiences
Some of the slides of charts and the accompanying narrative may be inappropriate for nonclinical audiences, depending on the extent of their medical training. The best way to select information and slides for your audience is to ask yourself: "What information does this audience need to enable them to provide information and counseling on barrier methods for their clients? How much of the suggested presentation can they understand?" Answering these questions will help you prepare an appropriate presentation for your audience. With some adaptation, trained family planning counselors and midwives may be appropriate audiences for this presentation.

For Policy-Makers
Including information related to programmatic issues may be of greatest interest to policy-makers. This may include any information about potential savings, costs for program development, impact on contraceptors in the country, and similar issues. However, it is also important that policy-makers understand new scientific information. The amount of clinical information that is appropriate to present will depend on the medical background and knowledge of your audience.

Certificate of Completion

Once participants complete all 12 modules, they are eligible to receive a certificate of completion (as seen below). Participants need to be sure that they complete the post-tests for each module and review any wrong answers.

Certificate of completion

In order to receive a certificate, participants must complete an evaluation form and send it to FHI. They may use the address or fax number provided at the end of the form. Make sure that they know to enclose their correct mailing address or a business card so that FHI can send their certificate of completion. Make sure that their mailing address is complete-have them include the name of their country!

Contact Information

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P.O. Box 13950
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