It’s the singer, not the song; how to give a more effective large group presentation

Doctor Jay Keystone
University Health Network
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Ramsay Wright Building, Room 432
Invited Speaker Seminar
This talk outlines the elements of a lecture, focusing primarily on the practical aspects that make a presentation so effective. The two most important principles of a lecture are engagement of the learner and clarity of expression; knowledge of the subject matter is necessary but not sufficient, to which any undergraduate student will attest. The 5 elements of a lecture include i. the need to motivate the learner to be interested in what you have to say, ii. provide an outline of the information you wish to present ,iii provide the appropriate amount of information in a digestible fashion, iv. ensure that there is time for intermission ( known as learning breaks) and v. provide an opportunity for feedback. By far, numbers iii. and iv. are the most critical aspects of a successful lecture. Of course, it is crucial that the speaker has targeted the appropriate level of knowledge with respect to the audience. ie. not too high or low. This lecture will utilize humour, interactive learning and political incorrectness in order to show you, the participant, that the ability to give an excellent large group presentation is not genetic. It can be learned.
Professor Sherwin Desser and Professor Maurice Ringuette
Dept of Cell and Systems Biology