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How to Do A Great Seminar
- Never ever start by apologizing.
- Believe that you are providing something of value to the audience
- If not – re-do your seminar
- This should be your purpose/focus and not how you will look (it is not about you!)
- The Fear Factor – overcome it by realizing you know more about your topic than 95% of the audience (maybe 100%)
- Make sure you know more than 95% of the audience about your topic – UNDERSTAND what you are talking about
- Look for information with a floodlight and not a laser pointer
- Resist the urge to listen to the voice that tells you something is not interesting and it causes you to skip ahead, you will lose your audience
- Internal summaries (summarizing sections of the presentation) and transitions make the presentation
- For those of you who “wing it” (i.e. don’t practice) – make sure that the first 3 minutes of your presentation is written out (not word for word, but completely planned)
- Make sure that you start off strong
- Remember – people will take home your introduction and your conclusion – make these strong
- DO NOT fall in love with your drug. You are evaluating the drug not promoting it. You will lose perspective and come up with a conclusion not supported by the data (see below)
- Evaluate clinical significance. What difference will it make to the patient.
How to Fail Seminar (It is difficult, but you can do it if you are determined)
- Draw a conclusion that is not supported by your data
- Don’t answer your clinical question
- Do not plan your time carefully.
- Present facts that you do not understand and cannot explain when questioned
- Panic when you are asked one question you cannot answer , so you can’t answer the next three easy ones (nobody every failed from not being able to answer one question)