What makes a Great Safety Presentation?

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Thinking back to presentations that I’ve witnessed I feel all of the following components are true of the best presentations.

It has to be memorable.
The idea of any presentation is to assist you in your in thinking about something. Maybe it’s a new approach that you haven’t thought of or it could be reinforcing methods you already use. It needs to be memorable so that when you need the skill or action it’s easily recalled from your memory.

It has to be relevant.
If it doesn’t relate to what you do, why waste your time? People find it difficult to do all the tasks they want to in a day, it’s unfair to steal an hour of that time if what is being said is not relevant.

It has to promote positive and safe behaviour.
A great safety presentation has to insert the exclamation point on the fact that injuries are preventable! The sky isn’t falling … you should feel empowered not helpless.

It has to introduce self evaluation.
If a presentation fails to provide self evaluation as part of the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) then its merely been entertainment. A great presentation will urge you to search for where the information shared applies to your life.

It has to be genuine.
It shouldn’t just be a list of steps without any feeling. Some of our greatest motivators relate to our emotions; those emotions connect us to the important things in life which can help us prioritize safety. A truly genuine presentation finds numerous ways to connect with the listener.

It has to change you.
If you have been carrying out tasks in an unsafe manner it should assist you in modifying your actions. If you are already safety conscience and operate in a culture of safety it should reinforce your stance and provide opportunities to get even greater acceptance.

If you had to add any other qualities for a great safety presentation what would they be? My hope is that STOP Cutting Corners would fill all of these requirements for your organization.

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