A Guide to Making Excellent Presentations John Jackson, M.Ed. Director of Educational Technology UVA School of Medicine 2 • Principles of ANY effective presentation • Specific Do’s and Don’ts • Useful techniques 3 What are some examples of poor presentation skills? 4 Who is your audience? What do they know or don’t know? What’s the best way to communicate? Do you really care? How can you engage, excite? 5 How to put the pieces together in an interesting way? What interesting case or story might be a good intro? What are your three major points? What is the one thing you want people to take away? Deep preparation – present 10% of what you know Plan the first 45 seconds carefully 6 Accurate and Current Appropriate for your audience’s educational level Appropriate for scheduled time: 3 major points per hour Relevant to what learners need All important points mentioned in presentations should be included in slides Reinforce key points at the end of your presentation Spell check your presentation 7 What great presentations have you heard? Why are some presentations really memorable? 8 Overview to set context and relevance Objectives Priorities indicated by outline and bullets Need to know information identified Organized, e.g., most common to least, most important to least No long paragraphs of text Use color to emphasize important information 9 Make eye contact Move around – don’t hide Show you are happy to be there Make a positive visual impression Get the audience involved Allow time for questions. Be a good listener 10 What are some of the worst mistakes you have seen? 11 Rehearse with a good critic Test the required equipment at least one day before your presentation. Provide your own equipment if you are not familiar with what equipment is available. Know who to call if you have problems. For really important presentations, have a backup. 12 Import significant images (100 dpi sufficient usually; no more than 1 MB each). Use graphs to visualize tabular data. Rule of Six: Maximum of six words and six lines Use color schemes from PowerPoint’s templates. Place departmental or school graphics in the background layer once (not on each slide). 13 Publish your slides on the web for later reference as PDF files. Add your narration and save your presentation in Flash or MPEG-4 streaming formats. Include digital video or audio files within your presentation (e.g., heart sounds, procedures). Publish your presentation via AAMC’s MedEdPortal and HEAL Central. 14 1. Thorough research & careful planning 2. Rehearsal with a good critic 3. Show you are glad to be there! Bonus: Don’t run over Thank You!
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