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Time the Presentation Beforehand

#9 (38.5% of top experts)

Time the presentation beforehand.

  • Too little time = lack of preparation and detail
  • Too much time = lack of practice and polish

TE recommends: master your Closing. Know exactly how long it takes for you to finish your presentation, and work backwards.

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Stick to the Allotted Time

#8 (40.7% of top experts)

Timeliness is a sign of precision.

  • Too little time = lack of preparation and detail
  • Too much time = lack of practice and polish

TE recommends: master your Closing. Know exactly how long it takes for you to finish your presentation, and work backwards.

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Slides should be Readable

#6(T) (42.9% of top experts)

Slides should be readable.

  • Too much information
  • Too many charts/graphs/images
  • Too many foci

TE recommends: ONE SLIDE-ONE LOOK-ONE IDEA. Specifically, anything meant to be read by the audience should be at least 24-point font. Consider removing any text/information from slides that is not specifically referenced in your presentation.

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Do Not Read

#4(T) (44.0% of top experts)

Reading from a script makes the presenter seem:

  • unprepared
  • unprofessional
  • inflexible

Reading (a lot) from the slides wastes the audience’s time:

  • Audience reads faster (silent) than presenter (aloud)
  • Slides should not have large blocks of text

Today’s English recommends: focus on structure, rather than memorization. Use notes on your slides as a guide, or use techniques to organize your presentation, then use your own knowledge to fill in details.

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Make Eye Contact

#3 (46.2% of top experts)

A common problem for many presenters is lack of eye contact. Poor eye contact can communicate many negative feelings:

  • Disconnected
  • Lost
  • Uncomfortable
  • Rude
  • Cold

Today’s English recommends: make eye contact with everyone in a small group, and every area in a large group. Make sure to balance eye contact among a number of areas or individuals.

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Know Your Audience

#2 (52.7% of top experts)

The focus of a presentation is the audience:

  • Why should the audience listen?
  • What is valuable to them?
  • What information do they already know?
  • What information do they need to know?

Your topic may be important to you, but you must communicate its value to the audience also!

Today’s English recommends: in the beginning of the presentation, try to establish why this presentation is valuable to the audience.

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Keep Slides Simple

#1 (62.6% of top experts)

Many slides in Medical Presentations are overly cluttered.

  • Too many images
  • Too many charts/graphs
  • Too much text
  • Too many highlighted areas

Today’s English recommends: ONE SLIDE – ONE LOOK – ONE IDEA. For each slide, the audience takes one quick look, and there is one clear idea.

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