Remember, hosting a session should be enjoyable! You can expect to host an education session for about an hour.

Consider your audience

As an educator, it is important to understand your audience, and meet them where they are.  Certain concepts, such as technical terms and the complicated nature of diet can be overwhelming for your audience. Therefore, it is important to use simple terms when explaining information, being cautious to not be condescending by “speaking down” to your audience. If you need help with this technique, the American Kidney Fund will be glad to assist you.

You may want to informally survey your audience to get an understanding of what their needs are, and what they would like to get out of the session. Ask the group how much they know about kidney disease, and what brought them to the presentation. You may find people with kidney disease in the audience, and you may find some who know nothing about it. Asking these questions will allow you to have a general idea of their base knowledge, and to have not made assumptions about the knowledge level of the audience.

Answering questions

Answering questions from participants can be tricky. Remember, you should not give specific medical advice, even if you know the answer. Try to stay broad with your answers, and stick with the facts. If participants ask personal health questions, suggest they write their questions down and bring them to their next doctor’s appointment.

Remember, you do not need to be an expert. You might get some questions you do not know the answer to, and that is ok! Try your best, and be honest with the audience about what you do or do not know.

You can write questions you have been asked in the Facebook group, and ask for advice from your fellow Kidney Health Coaches. You may also email us at education@kidneyfund.org for suggestions.