Presentations To Groups
Do you find people asking you questions about cooking or nutrition?
Are they concerned about allergies or a
food sensitivity? Are you connected to a MOPS, PRISM, home school support, weight
loss, coop, or neighborhood group? Considering teaching a class using
resources? Here are some tips for occasions
when you are invited to speak or give a presentation.
#1 Serve Food First
the Taste & Tell approach. Everyone considers herself to be her own final authority on what tastes good. If you talk first,
skeptical minds whisper, "I'll wait to
check this out for myself." If you serve first, curiosity will be piqued, approval
voiced, and the audience receptive. Slay the dragon guarding the cave of
taste acceptance first.
#2 Food Talks
can even serve food without talking. It will talk for you. Refreshments
are often served for classes: Sunday school, Bible study, women's and men's
groups, children's classes, business meetings, teas, brunches, neighborhood
get-togethers, picnics, etc. Volunteer to supply the coffee cake or the
dessert. Come prepared with the recipe (include source & website) in
your pocket or purse. You'll be asked.
Food Helps You Talk
asked about a recipe you've prepared, you may not only have opportunity
to share the recipe (written or verbal) but to teach the recipe as well.
If you are in your home (or even in a friends), you can say , "Let
me show you how. Let's make it together."
#4 Don't Talk Too Much
Focus on what your
listeners want and need to hear. You don't have to compete with
professional entertainment (the TV Food Channel), academic lecturers
(on and on about nutritional negatives), or the infomercial (let me wow
you). Try less demanding approaches as show and tell (4-H
demonstrations) or hands on cooking.
You've Been Invited to Speak to a . . .
women's group, weight-loss group, children's class, adult's class, PRISM group,
neighborhood study, political rally, home school convention
Whatever your audience remember that the route to the lifestyle
decision center of the human body, the brain, is usually indirect,
through the stomach. People resist "You ought to..." approaches. Hands on
participation plus taste testing is a powerful persuader.
Whenever possible try to get audience participation before the event.
Let people bring preprepared dishes (You assign the recipes, of course,
and coach them over the phone). You will risk a few flops (Some people
by temperament just don't follow a recipe). Encourage them to try the
recipe ahead of time for their families and call you to trouble shoot.
When 5 people have prepared dishes for a group of 20, that
means that you have 5 testimonies and 5 potential teachers sitting in your
audience. Recognize their contributions, and they'll do the talking for
you. People will be thinking, "If Mary can do it, I can,
Then demo your ONE or two recipes for the whole
group such as a blender batter recipe (demonstrates recipe versatility)
and lentil rice casserole (demonstrates convenience, low cost, low fat,
high nutritional quality). Or you can show one or two of our Power
Point Taste & Tell Demonstration Recipes. CD available.
#6 You've Been Invited to Teach
Most groups are accustomed
to talking heads. Resist that stereotype.
Professional chefs do not go about the country giving lectures. They communicate
their expertise by cooking and serving.
#7 Develop Basic
Explain & illustrate one
two most important words in nutrition are quality and variety.
Let me outline a
Comprehensive Whole foods Cooking System Balancing Nutritional Quality & Taste, Convenience &
My purpose is to promote health and provide dining pleasure by helping you prepare foods using high quality ingredients with methods that maximize nutritional value.
You can eat better by choosing fresh whole foods over preserved, processed & refined, whole grains in place of refined flours,
unrefined sweeteners as honey in place of refined sugars, unprocessed oils as olive oil in place of processed.
Explain the meaning of this quote--"The universe's Intelligent Designer has not
clueless as to his existence and his concern for humans. He causes rain to fall on
crops yielding plenty of food that satiates
your stomach and fills your heart with joy." The Bible, Acts 14:17