Interactive information sessions allow the audience a chance to ask questions and to associate a face with the message. Formal training is recommended when addressing public audiences, but most importantly the presenter needs to be sincere and responsive to the audience's questions and concerns.
With respect to risk communication, the effectiveness of lectures and public appearances can be improved by following the additional guidance:
Explain the rational behind the risk analysis and proposed management to your audience
Use visual aids when presenting technical information
- take a break every 20 minutes;
- use no more than 20 words on each slide;
- present a maximum of seven central messages during the entire presentation.
Allow sufficient time for discussion and audience participation: If you address a small audience (fewer than 50 people) spend half of the time of your total presentation on questions and answers. If you are addressing a large audience it may be better to divide the group and to organise small discussion groups of ten or less with a spokespersons for each group.
Be available for further requests or inquiries, and distribute a handout after the talk