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P3: A presentation is the product of its parts, not simply a powerpoint.

16 Jan, 15 | by Guest Post

6za74k736pc03j9fp8h5gialh.500x223x11In this blog, Ross Fisher (aka @ffolliet) takes us into a little-taught area of medical professionalism.


In this introductory blog, we’ll be introduced to a new (well, new-to-me) way of thinking about the oft-repeated act of standing before an audience of our peers and beginning to speak …

We teach clinical skills and yet presentation skills we assume happen by imitation, osmosis or perhaps even magic. The current reality of almost every presentation delivered leads us to the inescapable conclusion that we should teach presentation skills too. They are no more innate than auscultation or performing a lumbar puncture.

The evidence is in the scientific conferences and meeting rooms across our land. With the appropriate resource open, text has usually been copied directly into the chosen presentation software, some clip art and pie charts are added, a template may be applied and the creation is complete. It is then read verbatim to the audience, frequently with no further preparation, the presenter facing the screen. This is not an effective way to share information: most recipients of such presentations would grudgingly acknowledge this fact. What is hard to believe is that this flawed process is virtually universal, repeated even by those who recognise its limitations.


P3: Deciding on content

27 Jan, 15 | by Guest Post

The most important concept in developing and delivering a presentation is the understanding that you cannot “cover everything.” Nor should you attempt to. Your role as a presenter is to convert the “what” of “everything” into a “so what” for your particular audience. For many, both on the podium and in the audience, this is a dramatic shift in perspective.

One person speaking and many listening is the least effective form of data transfer. If you want everyone in the audience to know “everything”, send a document; it is much more efficient. You will never achieve that as a speaker. Your role is to interpret that “everything”, to offer insight, or challenge it. There is never a situation where your role is simply to recite a list of facts.

P3: Illustration and presentation

6 Feb, 15 | by Guest Post

Medicine progresses as evidence is accrued to support improved practice – it is supposed. Yet psychological science has long shown that standard “powerpoint” presentations are a very poor means of data transfer: different visual and auditory inputs cannot be processed at the same time. Moreover it is impossible to internally question data or remember data due to this cognitive load.

The p cubed value of such presentations is limited and poor.

Where does the problem lie? How can it be corrected? more…

P3: Reflection and assessment

17 Feb, 15 | by Guest Post

Simply finishing a talk does not make you a good presenter. The routine line to someone who’s stopped speaking “Thank you for your presentation, I very much enjoyed it,” is as insightful and honest as “Thank you for holding the line, your call is important to us.” It is trite cliche designed to give the impression of gratefulness and interest. Feedback for presentations is generally useless.


You never gave honest feedback, why do you think anyone else does?


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