Safety presentations are much easier to do when managers read what is written in books or safety rules, but of course, this is not a good idea. It will just bore the employees. The books are merely a guide, an analysis of key points regarding safety in the workplace. So, what would really make a good safety presentation and how can anyone make it engaging?
Keeping the employees involved by being enthusiastic in safety discussions is a good way to satisfy them. Enthusiasm does not only mean having strong opinions on things, but it’s also a kind of happiness. Sure enough, different speakers have different levels of enthusiasm, and various meetings call for different tactics. Moreover, enthusiasm in discussing safety is not just about talking fast and aloud. It is letting out an animated spirit in the form of vocal variety and gestures.
The inner convictions of a presenter about a safety topic can fly high up above, but the employees will not believe it if his voice stays below the ground. The presenter must change the power, speed of his words, and the pitch of his voice. This does not mean that he would sound like an energetic fitness trainer selling products on a commercial as that may irritate the employees. However, the presenter must let the employees hear some energy in his words.
By tradition, not just in safety presentations, the presenter must stay in one place all the time when speaking. This is not right because, when doing a safety presentation, the speaker must make emotional contact with the employees so that he would be able to show confidence and excitement when he speaks.
Now, what should be the content of a safety presentation? First of all, the presenters must discuss the ground rules and why the particular topic is important. Do not only concentrate on the injuries that the employees can avoid. Sell the benefits of the topic and explain to the employees how important that topic is for them. The safety presenter must show them something positive that they can learn from.
For instance, in fall prevention seminars, most speakers tell the audience that the procedures they learn could help them be more in control.
If a speaker wants the attention of the audience in his safety presentations, consider how important these are for them personally, aside from keeping themselves away from injury. The presenter must know what will be covered in the meeting in the first place.
In the middle part of the discussion, the presenter must plan the safety skills, procedures, and knowledge he will discuss, the activities he will do, and the questions he will ask to the employees. The key to getting the audience to remember and enjoy safety meetings is to let them participate. The presenter can ask questions, request for the opinions of the employees, let them brainstorm the solutions to common safety problems, have them do relevant activities, and demonstrate some safety procedures.
Safety meetings must raise the interest of the employees and anyone can do this through an enthusiastic approach and by involving everyone. The presenter must speak to the employees in a personal way. The questions that he will ask and the examples he will show must be customized to their specific safety concerns.
The closing of safety presentations must cover the main points of the meeting. The presenter must leave the employees with the right spirit, probably with a story or an appropriate joke that everyone will remember. Remind them of the benefits of the presentation and thank them for being present and for listening.
Safety presentations are much easier to do when managers read what is written in books.