Endocrine Abstracts (2006) 11 S102

Giving talks

A McNeilly

Queens Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

When you sit in meetings I know you will all have thought at different times that this is the most (tick one of the following boxes) – boring – incomprehensible – ridiculous – interesting – inspirational – fantastic – talk you have ever heard. Now that oral presentations at meetings are rare for many with posters taking centre stage it is really important to make the best of the opportunity to impress potential future employers etc with your abilities not only to do excellent science, but also to present well. You should also remember that answering questions is a very important part of giving a talk as this is when you can display your extensive knowledge of the subject. In this talk I will give some ideas as how, and how not, to present a talk, and illustrate some of the problems that can arise when given the gizmo of powerpoint. This can be wonderful or awful! Most of you now will be giving presentations during the course of your studies, so much of what I may say will be common sense. However, as this sometimes seems to be in very short supply, I hope to give you some pointers as to how to maximise the impression you give in your presentations. This may be to realise that I do not know what I am doing, but then this is also a pointer to the future. And remember that discussions are always good for the soul.

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