Trauma presentations without traumatizing your audience
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.
I don't just stand and talk. I use many tools throughout the presentation to boost audience involvement:
live polls - 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.
video & audio clips - 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.
large & small group discussion - I fluctuate between the two based on how much time is available and the participation level of the audience. For example, I found an audience of police officers to be reluctant to speak in a large group, so I switched to the small group, which they had a much easier time with. And then I used that to transition back to a large group format.
fun "experiments" - things that are done in vivo to experience state shifts, like talking to a partner while the other is not allowed to show facial expression.