Tips on how to create and deliver a better presentation

Learn about the four steps that will improve your presentation.

Whether you're working on your first presentation or are already a seasoned speaker, take a look at these proven techniques to create engaging and effective lectures.

Step 1) Plan the Content
Step 2) Design Effective Slides
Step 3) Prepare your Talk
Step 4) Make it Interactive

Let’s go through each step:

Step 1: Plan the Content

To plan the content, you have to find out what your audience wants or needs to know about the topic you’re presenting. How do you find out? Ask the congress’ scientific committee: what’s the goal of your session, what’s the audience level of expertise and what issues may be on their mind.

Once you know the content to be covered, create an outline of your talk. Include your key points, data to support those points and a summary. People will only remember a few points so it’s best to focus on a couple of take-home messages.

Begin with a compelling opening (for example, a great anecdote) and end with a strong closing that includes a summary of your talk.

And don’t forget to include cases to illustrate your key points: your audience will be more likely to pay attention if you tell them stories!


Step 2: Now comes the fun part, how to design effective slides!

Will participants be viewing your presentation on their work laptop, a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device?  The majority of virtual congress audiences join via computer; however, having the right balance is important for your presentation to display well on other devices and be as accessible as possible.  

Remember that a slide is not your lecture notes, so here are some good guidelines to follow:



Step 3:  Prepare for your talk.

The main thing to remember is that you should talk to the audience, not to the slides! Rehearse and learn the talk well enough that you don’t have to read.

Be sure to memorize the first few slides! Starting strong will make you relaxed and your audience engaged.

To connect with the audience: smile, show enthusiasm, and look at the camera.

If you are joining a live session or a live Q&A, make sure to attend a technical briefing or rehearsal session, so you can be prepared and know what to expect.  


Step 4: The last step is making your presentation more interactive.

Leave time for audience discussion. If you have the opportunity to use polling or other interactive tools in your session, make use of them. These elements add to your presentation and make it more memorable.

Have you ever heard someone complain that a talk was too short? Leave your audience wanting more!   

Join the conversation! Head to the virtual networking lounge after your presentation to continue the discussion.

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