Monthly Diabetes Management Class
During my time at Northwest Texas Healthcare System, I volunteered to take on the responsibility to teach the monthly diabetes management class at the main campus. The class was part of the Diabetes Self-Management Education program offered on campus. On top of the nutrition piece, the program offered lectures on exercise, medication, and behavior change all in one day.
Each class was about 45 minutes long and included 10-50 clients. My presentation was based on a ready-made PowerPoint approved by the American Diabetes Association. Although there was limited room for me to modify the slides, I strived to make my lecture creative by adding in interactive activities. One of the activities I tried during the holiday season was asking patients to design a meal that could fit the holiday atmosphere while staying within their carbohydrate meal plans.
After class, I always made sure to check out clients’ satisfaction survey and ask peer educators for suggestions of improvements. This opportunity really honed my presentation skills. I could feel myself becoming more relaxed and confident onstage as time progressed. With this experience in hand, I now feel much more comfortable about holding public presentations in the future.