We’ve all listened to experts delivering presentations on interesting and relevant topics. However, sometimes we see a slide that is impossible to read in 30 seconds because it’s too busy, text is too small or poor contrast makes text difficult to see. And what about slides with multiple fonts, font sizes and colours; inconsistent line and paragraph spacing; poorly aligned text and images; arrows piercing text boxes? We are left thinking: ‘Great topic, but it’s a shame the slides were poor’.
As biomedical communication specialists, whether designing slides for someone else or for our own use when presenting to others, we all want to create good slides. This workshop is about designing professional-looking, easily read and effective slides and slide decks. We’ll look at some poor slides, consider basic principles and admire some nice slides. We’ll consider more complex slides and slides designed for self-guided learning. We’ll consider some tools that make life easier, but this is not a PowerPoint workshop!
Principles of designing self-guided learning slides, with examples
Proofing: achieving a professional finish
Discussion: diversity of presentations
Discussion: challenges when designing slides
Which style of emphasis do you prefer?
Which method of combining text and an image on a slide do you prefer?
Experience/discussion about using some useful PowerPoint tools
Exercise: critique a sloppy slide
09:00 | Introductions and objectives
09:15 | Principles of slide deck design
10:00 | Short break
10:10 | Detailed design
11:00 | Break
11:15 | Useful tools
12:00 | Short break
12:10 | Complex slides
12:45 | Wrap-up and final questions
Note: times are approximate
This workshop is for anyone using slides to communicate biomedical information: medical writers, employees of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, medical practitioners, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.
Basic familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint.
The workshop is intended to be a ‘two-way’ learning and discussion experience (not a webinar); questions and subsequent discussion are welcome at any time during the workshop
Lecturer will deliver short presentations and use slide examples
Breakout rooms for smaller groups to consider/discuss an issue
Trainer/medical writer and director of Libra Scientific Communications Ltd.
John qualified in medicine having studied at Oxford University and Guy's Hospital, London. Initially, he trained as a surgeon, gaining experience in accident and emergency medicine, orthopaedic, thoracic, general and ENT surgery, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (otolaryngology) and Edinburgh (general surgery). He then became a GP and Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners having had experience in paediatrics, neonatology, and obstetrics and gynaecology.
Since 2003, John has completed an MBA at Warwick University Business School while working as a Primary Care Trust project manager. He then spent five years as Director of Medical Communications in a UK medical communications agency. In 2013, he became a freelance trainer in scientific writing and medical writer, and is now Director of Libra Scientific Communications Ltd.
Recently, John has coauthored a book: How to Publish in Biomedicine. 500 Tips for Success. Third Edition. 2016. CRC Press. John Dixon, Louise Alder and Jane Fraser.
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