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Tips for Giving a Presentation
(This information was created for the TFH Instructor Support Committee for use as a blueprint for a public talk or mini-class.)
How to give a Stress Reduction and Pain Relief mini-class, talk or demonstration that will amaze the audience, give them tools to take home and get potential students enthused about Touch For Health Kinesiology.
One of the best ways to generate interest in TFH is a public talk or mini-class. If the thought immediately makes you tighten up inside, consider getting a balance! Public speaking is the most widespread phobia in the U.S. Fortunately our TFH skills are very effective for overcoming fears and upgrading motivation. Use what you teach on yourself! *
When I offer or promote a public talk I seldom mention Touch For Health at the beginning as the main topic. Most people have not heard of TFH. I offer instead to do a talk (or short trainings of 1-2 hours) on something they already want, Simple Stress Reduction and Natural Pain Elimination Techniques.
I begin the event by introducing myself and asking a few questions. Who has unwanted stress they would like to reduce? (Raise you hands- it should be everyone). How many have pain? (Raise hands). I’ll ask what do people want to get from the talk? Who has heard of TFH and/or kinesiology? Who has heard about muscle testing? I want to get a sense of the audience. When people raise their hands about stress or pain I ask what stress and pains they have. I try to remember those who I think I can help quickly.
My main goal at the start of the talk is to try and WOW everyone in the first few minutes. This will grab their attention and create anticipation that everything else in the presentation will be valuable. How to WOW people right away? Demonstrate something they have never seen before and something they probably considered impossible.
I’ll ask if anyone has tight neck muscles in the group (of course someone will.) I ask those who raise their hands to rate the tightness on a scale of 0-10. Those with the highest discomfort I’ll invite to come up front. I may do just one person, or 2-3 people.
I then do auriculars without any muscle testing. First I stand next to the person(s) in front of the group and have them to turn their heads as far as they can to each side. I do it with them. I ask the audience to watch and note the range of motion. Then I have the audience each check their own range of motion. I ask everyone to rate his or her neck’s pain on a scale of 0-10. Then I lead the whole group in doing auriculars. ‘Rub and unfold the ears while looking straight ahead. Then repeat to each side’. Afterwards I have the people up front re-demonstrate their range of motion. Almost always the audience can see the difference. I then ask the person(s) up front what the original pain number was, and what it is now. It usually has gone down. I then ask the audience to check their own range of motion and raise their hands if it improved. Most people raise their hands. I have them re-rate their pain and discomfort. People are impressed and surprised that something so simple actually worked. WOW in five minutes.
I then ask who has other tight muscles. I invite one or two people upfront and ask them to point to the pain spot, and rate the pain 0-10. Next I turn their body so the pain area is facing the audience. I proceed to do the spindle cell technique on the pain spot and the immediate areas around it, without any muscle testing. I do the surrounding area to alleviate any local compensation. People can watch as I do it. It does not look like much of anything. This takes about ten seconds. I then turn my demonstration person to face to the audience (because I want everyone to see the look on their face) and ask them to re-rate the pain. Almost always it is better. If they had pain in both shoulders I began by doing the worst pain side first. Afterwards the other shoulder is usually now worse. I ask if they want the other side done too. They always say, “Yes,” which confirms to the audience that it worked. I may do a few people in the audience this way also. Ten seconds for each person is all it takes. I try to make each person face the group so people can see their facial expression, which is usually worth more than all my words. Another five minutes and another WOW.
I then teach them how they can do the spindle cell technique like I demonstrated. No muscle testing needed, the decreased tightness is the verification! I invite them to partner up, practice and ask for feedback. Invariably people repost it was amazing. Another five minutes and another WOW.
I ask, “Who gets cramps?” I then explain how to use the spindle cell on cramps and that this is the quickest way to get rid of a cramp. Now they have something useful to take home, something I gave away for free. WOW.
I then ask, “Who has stress?” Of course everyone has some. I ask who would like to lower or get rid of their stress? I want to engage the audience by asking these questions. I then tell them about how during the fight or flight response not just adrenaline but over 100 different hormones are pumped into the body. It is called a hormonal cascade, as one released hormone triggers others. I explain how blood flow in the brain and neurological activity change. ‘During stress the frontal lobes get turned down like a dimmer switch. This is the portion of the brain that can think things through, compare and contrast, plan for the future. Also during stress the emotional center, the amygdala gets highly active.’
Next I teach them a simple way to counteract the effects of stress and reset the brain. I explain that ESRs will change neural activity and blood flow in a short time, and allow them to feel less stressed in one minute!
I ask everyone to think of some stress in their life and rate the stress 0-10. I then have them think of their stress while doing ESRs. I allow them to do it at their own pace and to open their eyes whenever they are ready. This takes about 1-2 minutes. Sometimes there is one person who takes longer. I wait until everyone is complete.
I next ask them to re-rate the stress. I then go around the group and ask them to just state what the original stress level was, and what it became after the ESR practice. In a group of 6 or more people there are usually some folks who had their stress go down a large amount and some who had a modest change, (maybe even someone who had no change). I explain that each person and each stress is unique. Sometimes the stress goes down considerably and sometimes less. But they only spent 1-2 minutes doing this! WOW.
I then talk more about stress and how they can use ESRs at home. I point out that if they watch the evening news to notice people spontaneously using ESRs without knowing why. I suggest they go home and make a list of 30 stressors in their life and do a one minute ESR session each day for the next month. I invite them to think about how less stressed their overall life would feel in a month if they did this.
In 15-20 minutes I have gotten a WOW multiple times. Now the audience will pay complete attention to the rest of the talk. Or mini-class. Depending on what I am promoting and teaching, I might invite someone who has never done muscle testing to come up front and demonstrate it with them. While demonstrating I explain how amazing, insightful and accurate muscle testing can be. I may tell a story or two. I like to use someone who has never been tested previously for the demonstration because the look on their face when the arm goes down is often priceless.
I might also invite someone up and check for a weak muscle, usually an arm muscle from TFH 1 if possible. Then while the arm won’t hold I have them touch the neurolymphatic point, which suddenly strengthens the arm. I then have them let go of the NL and retest, the arm goes weak again. Then re-touch the NL and test yet again and it re-strengthens. I’ll ask them what happened and why. Of course they do not know so I can now explain all kinds of things about TFH. And invite them to come learn it for themselves. If I am promoting TFH I may then do a 14 muscle balance with a goal on someone.
The whole idea is to get people to see and experience that something amazing and valuable is available in TFH and if they come to a class or a session they will learn even more very cool and useful things.
If you want to create your own mini class on stress and pain reduction you can use any or all of these skills, plus any others you like to share. Bring whatever handouts you have. People appreciate them and you can put your website and contact info on the sheets.
*If public speaking makes you squeamish, one balancing approach I use begins by muscle testing how many people your system feels comfortable speaking too. You might hold strong for 4 people, but 5 makes the response go weak. Now you have a baseline. Next make a goal, do the balance and re-test how many people you now feel comfortable speaking in front of.
Written by Larry Green, who has been one of the most active TFH instructors for 20+ years. Larry is a past president of the TFHKA association and a past executive director of the TFH office.