Presenter Tips for Seminars
Background | Conclusion/Summary | Handouts | Visuals | Do's and Don'ts
Seminars and instructional courses are 1- or 2-hour courses intended to provide in-depth, clinically-oriented continuing education for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Emphasis is on clinical applications backed by appropriate levels of evidence.
- Provide any background information necessary to ensure understanding of key points
- Place your topic in context
- Key points
- Identify the priority topics that you want to present - refer to advertised abstract and learner outcomes
- Present each key point as an "argument"; only share the largest, latest, or most important data
- Create a list of the 5 key points that should be remembered; under each main topic, write out the main message you want to convey
- Organize points from most to least important
- Determine what supporting data is required to reinforce those points (evidence)
- Information should be concrete, specific, practical, and relevant
- Candidly include pros and cons
- People remember groups of 3 ideas or points
- Draw conclusions - where are we? What does it all mean? What do we do now?
- Summarize the presentation:
- Review, highlight, and emphasize your 3-5 key points
- Make a call to action (consider your information, do something, use on Monday morning, etc.)
- Re-convey your key message
- Acknowledge collaborators
- Thank your audience
- Create at least a 1-page handout which includes a note-taking outline, pertinent information, as well as any references and contact information for presenters.
- Remember to post your handouts to ASHA's Web site before you leave for the Convention so attendees can print them out beforehand.
- Keep in mind, some people will decide to attend your session at the last minute, so make sure to bring copies with you as well.
- Using visuals can communicate ideas faster and more clearly, as well as reinforce your spoken message. Using visuals to reinforce your ideas also helps your audience retain your information.
- Keep it simple! Make sure your visuals are large and easily readable - viewers should get the point within 5 seconds, and use consistent font, colors, and format
- One key idea per visual
- Interpret visuals, don't just report them
- Give visuals a headline that helps increase comprehension - think newspaper headline
- Visuals should illustrate your verbal points clearly
Do's & Don'ts
- Alternate moving and standing still
- Dress appropriately, use good grammar
- State your objectives at the start of the talk
- Practice! It is the single most important factor contributing to a good presentation.
- Go to the room prior to your presentation so you are familiar with the room/AV/lighting
- Utilize the speaker ready room to preview your visuals and make any changes
- Choose a natural, moderate rate of speech
- Have notes, but use them sparingly - Don't write out your presentation on your slides and then read them
- Keep an eye on your time
- Give credit to others who contributed
- Take care with body language
- Pause during your presentation - it gives the audience time to catch up with you and digest what you are saying
- Give of yourself - use personal examples and stories in your speech whenever possible
- Stay relaxed
- Hide behind the podium
- Make jokes
- Exhibit habitual behaviors - fidget, jingle coins, twirl hair etc.
- Read to your audience
- Run overtime
- Apologize for any aspect of your presentation
- Criticize aspects of your trip, the facility, city, etc. during your talk
- Use profanity
- Use jargon