Tag Archive: p1

Sense you’re not making

It supports delivery. Many fail due to lack of effective structure. This is the basis of construction. An effective presentation has structure. This leaves sense making to the audience. Without structure a presentation is merely a list. It facilitates better data retention. There…
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Baby steps

It is often daunting when considering change, such as in presentations, to consider only the difference between an expert and your current position. This brings feelings of inadequacy, powerlessness and resignation. Consequently no change is made except in feeling bad….
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If you are just presenting data, don’t bother.

If you are just presenting data, don’t bother. The data of your presentation (p1) is much better presented in a document. It lasts longer, may be reviewed at an individual’s own pace and allows for detailed and fulsome interpretation. In…
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The sigmoid curve of preparation

sigmoid curve

The (perceived) overall value of a┬ápresentation, the p cubed value, is based on the product of the story (p1), the supportive media (p2) and the delivery of this (p3). Mathematically I wonder if the relationship between the p cubed value…
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Sparklines

The most important part of your presentation is p1 (the story). A presentation is not simply a list of facts: it is your personal interpretation of those facts for the benefit of this specific audience. The challenge for most presenters…
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I need to present more data. You don’t

A frequent question from clinicians about presentations involves “all the data I need in my presentation.” I’ve addressed this before in various posts but it bears repeating. At a scientific presentation you are not there to present your data; you…
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Prepare for failure

SO, the Chair has introduced you and you stride up to the stage, there’s a flicker behind you and your title slide appears on the 20m high screen. You press the remote and everything goes black, for a second then…
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It’s for you…

There’s a great post over on at http://kidocs.org/2015/09/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/ giving an impassioned plea from audiences in scientific meetings about what “powerpoint” is doing to medical conferences and how changing it makes a massive difference. Yet still the call from those who oppose…
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It’s .pptx not .docx

A common mistake in attempting to deliver a (scientific) paper is the failure to recognise the difference between a document and a presentation. They are not the same. Perhaps the nomenclature is the start of the problem but an oral…
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Delete your slides

I received a question via Twitter about #presentationskills and where I might focus beginning the journey of improvement. As with so many things, the more I considered the issue the deeper the answer became. I think a good place to…
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