The key is to include the audience in your talk, said Joseph Simon, PT, DPT, CIDN, a private practice consultant based in New York City. “Ask enrolling questions. For example, ‘How many of you are in private practice, and how many work for a hospital?’ Whatever their opinion, you’ll get the whole room engaged. Have them say ‘yes’ by raising their hands or nodding ‘yes.’”
Rules to Speak By
Once you’ve captured your audience’s attention, don’t lose it. Content is king, said Jim Stone, president and co-founder of The Medicus Firm, a physician search firm in Dallas. “Researching relevant, impactful, and compelling content that is well organized and pertinent to the topic and audience is paramount,” he added.
If you are presenting for the first time or if you have only presented a few times, Stone suggests rehearsing your presentation with a friend or colleague recording it. “They can provide constructive feedback along with the video recording,” said Stone, adding that recording also helps you gauge for time constraints.