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Master Your Oral Presentation by Avoiding These Top 10 Traps

Master Your Scientific  Oral Presentation by Avoiding These Top 10 Traps

 Master Your Scientific Oral Presentation by Avoiding These Top 10 Traps
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Presenter: Rick Parmely
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Length: 60 minutes
Many science-based oral presentations lack structure, energy, and significant impact on their audience. Much can be done to enliven talks and presentations by avoiding these 10 common traps.

The difference between a good and really great presentation frequently lies in identifying and eliminating common and sometimes widely accepted mistakes in PowerPoint. Remember that every second of your presentation counts, and so does every slide.

During this insightful Webinar, 10 mistakes, or traps, will be clearly identified and options for their correction presented. Each trap is common in oral and scientific presentations, and are often viewed as acceptable when they are NOT. As simple as they may seem, these are the culprits behind many failed talks.

A framework for good presenting style will be developed and presented during this interactive Webinar.

Master Your Oral Presentation By Avoiding These Top 10 Traps!

1. Knowing NO ONE!
2. Failing to ILLUSTRATE
5. Becoming a Good READER
6. Becoming A Good JUMPER
7. Being DULL
8. Not FUNNY

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • Identifying 10 common traps that we all
    fall into when preparing for and making
    public oral presentations.
  • Understanding why practice and timing
    go hand-in-hand in well-organized
  • How storyboarding effectively builds a
    working outline.
  • How to add life to any oral presentation.
  • A story or illustration template adds
    structure naturally.

  Who Should Attend:

  • Scientists who make oral presentations before small and large audiences, technical analysts, and administrator interested in improving their presentation skills.




Rick Parmely

Rick Parmely After teaching undergraduate chemistry at West Point and Juniata College, Rick joined Restek in 1997 and currently directs their technical education program. He teaches chemistry and separation science theory through the Restek Learning Network (RLN), and coaches other RLN instructors in public speaking. He taught Public Speaking to doctoral and post-doctoral students at Yale, Columbia, and Rockefeller Universities, as part of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. Recently, Rick presented a full-day, communications workshop at The Pittsburgh Conference. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Rick has taught science and communications courses to widely diverse audiences, including NATO officials, technicians at the U.N. Pesticides Laboratory in Austria, and scientists at the University of Nairobi, Penn State University and UPenn.


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