How to Use the Park Ranger Interpretation Method

I recently had the opportunity of presenting virtually for a podcast summit, and I shared something near and dear to my heart: How to Use the Park Ranger Interpretation Method. I was introduced to this method after giving my first campfire talk as a park ranger. I have never forgotten it.

When creating a course, hosting a podcast, or delivering a talk, this method will help you engage your audience. It will also help them to take your content and apply it in their lives. You can remember this structure by keeping the S.W.A.P. acronym in mind. This flexible format allows for customizing the time you spend on each piece.

Pro tip: Keep a story inventory to pull from when you develop your content.

Whether you are doing an interview, or a monolog, remembering to S.W.A.P. will help you from preparation to delivery.


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