We quickly get used to doing case presentations, and talking with colleagues and patients, but we don’t really learn the skills of speaking with conviction, which Winston Churchill called the most precious gift of all the talents bestowed upon men.
Important for career development, advocacy and leadership.
At the age of 22yr Winston Churchill said the essential components of oratory were diction, rhythm, accumulation of argument, analogy and emotion.
It’s pretty obvious when a presentation is done badly – and so it is obvious what you need to do to give a good presentation.
- Technical issues, esp poor sound
- Overly busy slides, or slides that don’t seem to correspond with what is being discussed
- Simply reading slides
- Glaring bright slide backgrounds
- Spelling mistakes or inconsistent formatting
- Lack of a pointer
- Not really understanding what a table/chart is actually showing
- Rushing at the end, not leaving time for questions
The best presentations convey the importance of the topic, discuss real life issues, are funny (some of the time – otherwise risk of sounding callous). The speaker looks at (speaks to) you.
- Consider the interviewer someone with their own agenda – know yours.
- Reframe any questions you see as misleading.
- Avoid patronising or over-explaining.
- Patient confidentiality above all.
- Know your message(s)