How To Properly Deliver a POI
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•Communications Skills
•How to ask questions?
•Employing Media
• Gain Attention
• Overview
• Learning Objectives/Lesson Purpose
• Method and Media
• Evaluation
• Safety
• Transition
Gain Attention
• Draws students into topic.
• Should be related to material.
• Should actually get students attention.
• Samples: Videos, stories, jokes, etc.
• End with WIIFM.
• What topics will be covered.
• If and how topics are related (keep it short)
Learning Objectives
• More often, Lesson Purpose.
• Learning Objective example:
– Given an M16A2 service rifle, sling, cartridge
belt, magazines, magazine pouches, and dummy
ammunition, without the aid of references, make the
rifle ready (Condition 3 to Condition 1) in
response to a weapons handling command IAW MCRP 301A. (PVTX.11.1f)
• Otherwise, "The purpose of this period of instruction is to
familiarize you with . . ."
Method and Media
• How is the class being given?
– Lecture, Guided Discussion, Practical Application,
• Are you using any media/aids?
– Overhead Projector, Chalkboard, Turn Charts, Etc.
• Any extra instructions.
• How, when, and where will the students be
– e.g. You will be tested over this material on
October 31, by written examination, in room
• If material is not testable:
– You will not be tested over this material
however, (reason students should pay
Safety / Cease Training
• What conditions will call for the period of instruction to be
• Who can call cease training?
• What do the students need to do if a cease training is
• If no safety concerns, just say “No safety, or cease training
concerns are associated with this lesson”
• Review and Probe
– Now that I’ve gone over what we’re going to cover,
how we’re going to cover it, or how you will be
evaluated, are there any questions?
• Introduce first topic.
Communications Skills
• Grammar
– Use correctly.
• Pronunciation / Articulation
– Speak clearly, and correctly.
• Force
– Proper regulation of loudness. “Big boy voice”
• Inflection
– Don’t be Ben Stein
Communications Skills Cont.
• Rate
– Speak at a comfortable rate, that is appropriate to the
• Pause
– Allows students to absorb material.
– Limit “uhhs” and “ahhs” and “OK”.
• Anything that detracts students attention from the
• Posture
• Movement
• Nervousness
– How to limit nervousness.
• Gestures
• Facial Expression
– Possibly lack of.
• Eye contact
– Don’t be Stalker Steve.
• Maintain classroom control.
How to receive a question?
• Repeat the Question or ask if everyone heard the
questions. This is determined by the size of the
venue and class.
• Answer the question back to the entire class. Do not
ignore a question or try to come with an acceptable
answer that is not correct.
• Ensure you have answered the student’s question.
Employing Media
• Know what media you are using, and test it
• Create your own media!
• Utilize all media available.
– i.e. Chalkboards, projectors, hand-outs, video.
• Be creative with your lesson.
• Use the media as your guide to presenting the