Matt Venus and Arjun Takhar give a step by step approach to honing your presentation skills
- By: Matt Venus, Arjun Takher
Being asked to prepare and deliver a presentation, whether as part of a small group teaching session, for a clinical meeting, or for a grand round, can be a daunting and even terrifying experience.
It is disheartening when an individual or group lets itself down because the way in which the presentation is given is disorganised, unclear, or confusing even though much work has been put into collating information.
What can you do to help a presentation go smoothly? One easy way is to break down the task into three stages (after you have got all your information together): structure, visual aids, and the actual talking, question and answer time.
In general, a presentation should consist of three parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion or summary.
The introduction should introduce both the speaker(s) and the talk itself, highlighting the areas to be covered. The body will encompass the