A guide to oral presentation skills
Arun Natarajan and John A Kirby provide practical advice on how to make the most out of your oral presentation
Oral presentations form an integral part of a trainee doctor's work life. However small it may be, speaking to anaudience can be a daunting task, especially for beginners.
Body language - Be confident. You can get away with blunders if you are supremely confident. Do not hide behind your pulpit, but confront your audience instead. Be enthusiastic, and smile where appropriate. If you are not enthusiastic about your own presentation you cannot expect your audience to be. Dressing smartly and appropriately helps to impress even more. Hand gestures can be used to emphasise an interesting point, but do not overuse them. Use laser pointers freely, and if the little red dot on the screen gets shaky, use both hands to grip the pointer.
Vocalisation - Talk loudly, clearly, and, most importantly, slowly. Keep the talking terse and focused. Remember, a good proportion of the audience may not be native English