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ACEP – Giving Effective Powerpoint Presentations

Registered for the conference and was going to do a Twitter flurry about the lectures, but then though people might appreciate an outline of notes taken instead.

The first lecture was from David Greenberg about how to deliver winning presentations. He’s written a couple of books about the topic and is a dynamic speaker. Withoug giving away all of his secrets, here is a summary of his lecture.

*Need to involve audience in lecture to improve retention*
After 24 hours, audience remembers 25% of what they hear, 55% of what they hear and see, 85% of what they hear, see, and do.

To improve presentation …

1. Identify topic and audience. Structure presentation around audience

2. Write down key points of presentation – an outline

3. Prepare your opening
– Get audience’s attention. Open with a question or an interesting fact. Present a problem or an opportunity
– Give audience the goal of the lecture. What benefit will they get if they listen to you?
– Provide them with an overarching message. “If there is one thing I want you to take away from this lecture, it is this: …”
– Provide audience with a brief outline of your talk. Tell them what you’re going to tell them … then tell them … then tell them what you told them.

4. Prepare the body of your presentation. Variety is important. Add stories, pictures, and charts to make lecture more interesting. “Best presenters use practice, visuals, and stories.”
For each point you make, provide a story or example illustrating the point and then emphasize the take away for that point

5. Summarize lecture for closing

6. Leave with a few parting thoughts – anecdote, prediction, etc.

Prepare your lecture to be completed in 75% of your allotted time. That way if things run over, you have time to work with.

See more information at David’s site at www.simplyspeakinginc.com

One comment

  1. Wow. An ACEP lecturer has not only tripped over what the military calls “Techniques of military instruction” and passed along the exact format they train junior leaders to use since at least the 1970s, if not the 1940s, but he’s getting paid for passing it along??

    And to think, people told me I’d never learn any worthwhile skills in the combat arms.

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