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Presentations in Medicine & Science: 1. Audience & 2. Rules

Resources to help assist you make good presentations in different formats. Posters and oral presentations

Elements 1 & 2:Knowing Your Audience & the Rules

Who will you be giving this talk to?

  • Have something for everyone


What is the format:

  • How long is the talk and how long for questions?


What should you bring with you?


Technology Issues

  • PC vs. Mac, slide controllers, laser pointers, loading all presentations from individual / personal jump drives into a single shared computer.


Who will introduce you?


What is the venue like?

  • Room Layout, lighting, seating, etc

An oral presentation should look like this:

Elements 1& 2


The Beginning:

  • Contains “the hook”
  • Introduction
    • Big picture relevance
    • Background
  • Defines the question  problems you are seeking to answer /solve
  • Establishes the format and style of the talk


The Middle:

  • Defines your hypothesis
  • Describes your methodology
    • Contains key findings or results
    • Clearly explained
    • Easily identifiable
    • Logically linked to the point you are trying to make
  • Summary / recap with regards to the objective of each or your main points


The End:

  • Discussion of the results
    • How do the results relate to each other?
    • How do the findings support your hypothesis?
    • How does it address the question you were looking to answer?
  • Addressing the bigger picture
    • How does it impact, change or influence your field or specialty?
    • How does it impact “me”?
  • Where does it go from here?
  • Acknowledgements

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