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Angkor Hospital for Children Faculty Development Course

Organizing & Presenting a Successful Lecture

Why do we give lectures when: Multiple studies show adults do not learn as much from lectures as we do from other teaching methods (discussions, case studies, chart reviews, hands on, etc.) At best, we remember about 20% of what is presented because Theyre easy to create (or at least we believe them to be) Theyre portable We can keep them on file and use them at short notice over and over again

Five Guidelines for Good Presentations Focus on your objectives (or keep your goal in mind)
People will generally remember no more than 5 key points Dont leave it up to the audience to guess what the important points are When organizing your presentation, start with the summary slide, the take home message. This allows you to organize/prioritize your lecture points. A good educator makes knowledge easy to understand dont do a knowledge-dump KISS Keep It Simple Stupid Giving an effective lecture takes practice 1-hour lectures prepared in 1 hour probably wont go well! Practice the timing of entire lecture and of each slide o Your presentation should fill ~75% of allotted time o Each slide should be shown for at least 10 seconds and generally for 2-3 minutes Review your material well so that you dont need to read from notes or slides face your audience Stage fright is a negative term for excitement use that energy! Nothing helps a presentation more than communicating passion and confidence Take time to orient the audience to a picture Use other aids, not just PowerPoint white board, object, demonstration, sound clips What makes a lecture good isnt the visual aids, but the presenters ability to communicate with the audience. Even with great visual aids, a poor lecturer will fail. Spend time on the content, not the pictures. While lectures are a less effective method of teaching, they can be improved by including interaction. Include as much of the audience as possible. Lecture Outline Introduction/ objectives 5 key points Summary of key points


Make your slides clear, not distracting

Incorporate interaction in your presentation

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me, and I understand.

Angkor Hospital for Children Faculty Development Course

Organizing & Presenting a Successful Lecture

Examples: Questions, brainstorming, small group activity, demonstrations, role-playing, problemsolving, testing Motivate and gain your audiences attention No tapping, swaying, playing with keys, biting fingernails, wandering pointer

Be entertaining

Assignment Prepare a 10-minute mini-lecture on your topic using the principles we discussed today Next week, we will divide into two groups and you will present your mini-lecture We will videotape your lecture The following week, we will meet with you, view your lecture together, and discuss ways you can improve your lecture

Collins. Giving a PowerPoint Presentation: The Art of Communicating Effectively. RadioGraphics 24, 2004. pp11851192.