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Presentations in Medicine & Science: Hints for Efficient Practice

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

Hints for Efficient Practice

Timing - Practicing Your Presentation:

PowerPoint has many features that will help you give a smooth and professional presentation. This document will help you prepare your presentation by providing useful information and making you feel comfortable with your presentation.

  • Rehearsing Presentations
    Rehearsing is just as important as the work you put into creating your presentation. It is especially important if you have applied builds, transitions and/or other elements, and are working in the automatic advance mode because you will need to keep control of the timing of all these elements to prevent mistakes.
  • Working with Slide Timing
    PowerPoint offers a number of options in regard to the timing of the slides in your presentation. You can assign timing manually, suppress it during a presentation, or remove it. Talk through your presentation to see how much time you use for each slide. Set the automatic slide transition to the amount of time you want to spend discussing each slide. Decide if you want to remove the automatic slide transition feature before giving the presentation.
  • Embedding Fonts
    When you create your presentation, it is best to embed the fonts in case the computer with which you actually present does not have all of the fonts you used. Embedding fonts will also enable you to avoid problems with bullet shape and helps make your presentation more portable. This can be done after your slides are already written.


  • Make a list of key words/concepts for each slide
  • Read through the list before you begin.
  • Don't attempt to memorize your text or read it to your audience
  • Your words will probably be different each time you practice.
  • Think about the ideas, and your words will follow naturally.

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