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Design an Effective Presentation

Your guide to designing a great presentation

According to Dale Carnegie, there are always three speeches for every one that you give: “The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave."

Attendees tell us their most memorable session experiences are those that weave together a clear narrative with discussions, interactions and thought-provoking commentaies around a story, project or theme. As you design your presentation, explore some of the tips and resources that the MGMA Speaker Resource Hub has collected so that the presentation that you give and the one that you wish you gave are one and the same!

Presentation Best Practices

  • Less is more — Your slides should contain a minimum amount of information; your slide notes, on the other hand, will contain far more content. Uploaded resources will have the most content and detail.
  • Avoid "PowerPointless" — Create slides that are complementary to your remarks, not identical. Use slides as a canvas for visual representations, graphics and photos and avoid simply "echoing" your slides in your talk.
  • Keep it simple — Focus on one idea per slide and remember that the number of information chunks we can recall at a time is "Seven, Plus or Minus Two." Assemble your presentation slide in seven chunks, plus or minus two.
  • Extend the conversation — It’s OK to include "information" slides with resources, but don’t spend time presenting that content. Upload additional resources to your session abstract, or create a handout.
  • Practice, practice, practice — There is no substitute for advance preparation. Practice your presentation before your colleagues and review your abstract to ensure that your presentation mirrors what has been promoted.

Presentation Formats

You will have your choice of several learning formats, each offering a unique approach to learning. As you peruse the educational offerings you will find each session identified by both content area and learning format.
  • Traditional — Traditional sessions feature either a speaker sharing his or her knowledge in a lecture-style presentation or a panel of speakers with a moderator facilitating discussion. Traditional sessions include a limited question-and-answer period with the audience.
  • Interactive — An expert facilitator guides participants through interactive learning formats such as hot-topic discussions, case-study applications and exchange cafes, all designed to foster sharing ideas, solutions and best practices. New to the interactive line-up is the advanced-level experiential session. This engaging format addresses a complex practice management issue, is highly-participatory and relies on collaboration among attendees. It is designed for participants with a deep knowledge of medical practice management, and is intended for experienced professionals with 10+ years in the industry. This session is identified as Advanced as well as Interactive.
  • Point-Counterpoint — An expert facilitator moderates subject matter experts who explore topics from diverse points of view.
  • Rapid Fire — This high-energy, fast-paced format features a speaker presenting content, while keeping pace with automatically advancing slides.
  • Twitter — As participants engage by tweeting questions and comments, the subject matter expert responds in real time. Tweets are projected for the audience to view.
  • Deep Dive — The Deep Dive learning format is designed for in-depth education on a variety of important practice management topics. Sessions range from 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, and include more extensive coverage of topics as well as engagement with other attendees.

Audience Take-home Tools and Resources

Effective presentations deliver lasting, actionable impact for the audience. Providing practical tools and resources they can take with them is an effective way to do so. Ideally, the resource(s) you provide would be a natural extension of your presentation and would supplement your topic. Tools should be content attendees can use professionally and/or personally after the event. Examples of these could be:
  • Checklists
  • Assessments
  • Whitepapers
  • How to’s (“10 steps to…”)
  • Best practices
  • Inventory audits
  • Tool kits
  • Process templates
  • Worksheets
  • Visual models

Additional Tips and Resources

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