8 Components Of Health Talk You Need To Know

Components of health talk
Components of health talk

What are the components of health talk


health talk is an issue that cannot be over emphasized in our society.

It is beneficial since it guides people to form good attitudes and behaviors towards some lifestyle issues that will enhance their health.

In this blog post we are going to be looking at components of health talk

why is it important to look at the components of health talk?

When it comes to health talk, there are different things that make up health talk.

These components are important because they will guide the person preparing and giving the health talk in order to be able to deliver it very effectively.

8 Components of Health Talk

We delve in immediately into the components of a health talk.

By components it means the different parts of a health talk.

When these parts come together, they make the health talk complete.

1) Introduction

When you go to give health talk, the first thing to do is to give an introduction.

The introduction is just like giving the audience a teaser on what you intend to do.

You tell them what the topic is about and why it is necessary.

You can find some health talk topics in this blog post.

You may also have to explain who you are to the people and why you are the person that is giving this health talk.

This introduction helps people to know what is being talked about and so that they can begin to tune in their minds to listen to you.

Even at that introduction stage, some people may already have some questions forming in their minds, so they are able to start articulating those questions so that they can ask you when you are done.

2) Definition of Terminologies

When giving a health talk, especially in some specialized areas, there are some terminologies you may be using which may not be familiar to the audience.

So in this case you need to start on time to explain all these terminologies so that when you start using them in the subsequent sections of the health talk, the audience will follow you properly.

For instance, when you’re about to talk about vaccination and why it is necessary that people will be regular or be up to date with their immunizations. You need to explain, for instance, what immunization is and so on.

You need to define immunization, explaining that to help people to follow you subsequently when you continue to use those terminologies.

Another example would be when you want to talk about importance of breastfeeding to both mothers and child.

In Definition of key Terminologies one of the things you need to explain for instance is the meaning of exclusive breastfeeding.

This is because when you’re going to be giving that health talk, at some point you’re going to be talking a lot about exclusive breastfeeding.

So explaining that terminology well ahead of time is going to help you so that, subsequently, when you start talking about exclusive breastfeeding, people will be carried along.

3) Overview of the topic or subject

After you’ve done your introduction and the definition of key terms, you need to give a brief overview of the topic.

This is not the introduction and it’s not the definition of key terms.

The difference is that when you are giving an overview, you’re summarizing the key points.

You already have the points you want to talk about.

So, you’re taking two or three minutes to just run through the main points and comment on them.

When you’re talking about this overview of the topic, it may also include some background information or some statistics.

For instance when you’re talking about Immunization you can talk about the background in the overview of the topic.

You can look for data on Immunization coverage and of some things related to Immunization and mention them.

You can also look for relevant researches on the topic and also bring them to the knowledge of your audience.

4) Detailed explanation of the topic

This is the main body of the health talk.

This is where you’re going to spend the bulk of your time.

You’re going to explain in depth the concepts or the points you have, one after the other.

When you do that, make sure you carry your listeners along.

Some of the ways you can carry the audience along include

A) by giving examples

When you bring out points, you need to give examples.

Giving examples help the points sink well into people’s minds.

B) you need to give detailed explanations.

When you mention a point or concept, for instance, you need to explain it well.

Explain it in more than one way, if possible, because you have a mixed audience.

Sometimes you have old people, you have young people, you have even children, in that audience.

So when you want to talk about these health matters, you need to explain in a way that every age group will be carried along.

C) explain the topic in a way that the people listening to you see how it relates to them in their everyday lives.

For instance, when you’re talking about some aspects of disease prevention, for instance, you’re talking about environmental sanitation.

You need to explain to them how environmental sanitation or keeping the environment clean affects affects their everyday to day living.

You’re going to be bringing out the things they do every day.

You’re going to go down to their everyday life in order to help them see the connection between their daily living and the health topic you’re going to cover.

5) Summary/Recap

When we talk of summary, we have some few minutes again to round up on the topic you have for discussion.

You have to run through the points again and then highlight the important issues you have raised.

6) Questions and Answers

After giving the health talk, there’s another section that you allow people to ask their questions.

There are two ways to do this:

A) you can allow the people to ask all the questions at once, and you take note of them, after which you then answer the questions together.

This approach may be preferred by some because you’re able to know the number of questions and then condition your answers to fit within the available time.

B) allow each person to ask a question and then answer immediately, and the next person asks his question, and so on.

Some people may not like this concept because you don’t know how many questions to expect.

Also, some people may decide to ask a question because of a question some other person asked or because of the answer you have given to some other person’s question.

Some people may like it because it gives you the opportunity to answer every possible question you’re audience may have, especially when you have the time.

7) Conclusion/ Action Plan

After the questions have been answered, you can, together with the audience, clarify the main points of the discussion as well as recommendations that they are going to follow.

You can also get them to give you feedback on the things they are going to do and all that.

8) Resources

When you finish the health talk, you need avail the audience of any further resources available for them.

So that these resources may include books, posters, other informational material, videos or cassette recording.

You hand them over to the people in charge of the community, for instance the President General or the union leaders so that they can be able to probably get the information disseminated.

Wrapping Up

Health talk is very important in society.

This is one of the important tools to achieve behavioral change and to make people adopt healthy attitudes and lifestyle.

Health talks need to be delivered well and the opportunity needs to be maximized so that the target audience can learn and put whatever they’ve learnt into action.


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