No shock value
I've been to a number of trauma trainings during my years as a therapist. And each of them rely on shock value to get their point across. I make it my goal to teach about trauma without using these tactics. I make sure my trauma trainings are not only clear and concise, but actually engaging, use multimedia and interactive elements.
If you listen to the podcast, you know I can present complex ideas in plain language. I do the same as a speaker, using my real life anecdotes from my work as a therapist in numerous settings. You also know that I can present about trauma... without being traumatic. I don't use specific details of traumatic events. It's just not necessary.
Informative, fun & interactive
I don't just stand and talk. I use many tools throughout the presentation to boost audience involvement.
Audiences can use their preferred devices to interact with polling software anonymously. The results are shown on a big screen immediately, creating a fun experience that is free of judgment.
You'd be surprised at how effective a clip from the Office can be at showing defensive autonomic states. Or how Ferris Bueller's Day Off can be the perfect example of vocal prosody.
I use both large group and small group discussion to elicit connection with audience members and real world application of ideas.
Activities to experience state shifts, like talking to a partner while the other is not allowed to show facial expression!