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Presentations in Medicine & Science: Structuring Talk

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

Structuring the Talk

Preparing a talk always takes far longer than you anticipate. 

Start early!

  • Write a clear statement of the problem and its importance.
  • Research. Collect material which may relate to the topic.
  • Tell a story in a logical sequence.
  • Stick to the key concepts. Avoid a description of specifics and unnecessary details. 
  • If you are making a series of points, organize them from the most to the least important. The less important points can be skipped if you run short of time.
  • Keep your sentences short, about 10-20 words each is ideal. This is the way people usually talk.
  • Strive for clarity. Are these the best words for making your point? Are they unambiguous? Are you using unfamiliar jargon or acronyms? If so, define them or spell them out in full.

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