Presentation tips

When applying for a clinical role, you may be asked to give a presentation to a panel of interviewers on a particular subject. A good presentation can be the difference between securing a role or being back at square one, so it is important to know how best to tackle the task at hand.


Man giving presentation in interview


We suggest sticking to this formula of presentation tips.


Remember the 10-20-30 rule

This rule states that your presentation should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and contain text that is no smaller than 30 in font size. You should begin the presentation by telling your audience what you are going to be talking about and conclude by summarising what has been talked about.


Keep it simple

Whichever medium you are using, whether it be PowerPoint Presentation or paper posters and charts, be sure to keep your visuals simple and to the point. Remember that your audience will not be interested in reading each slide thoroughly, as they are there to listen more to what you have to say. Your graphics should not be overwhelming so as not to detract away from the important information.


Look at your audience

Rather than focusing on one person, it is a good idea to try to make eye contact and connect with a number, if not all, of the people around the room. This will ultimately help you engage more with your audience, portray better confidence levels and build stronger relationships with the individuals you are speaking to.


Talk to your audience, not at them

Your audience may feel patronised or become annoyed if they feel they are being talked at. Instead, making a real effort to engage and interact with your audience will provide a much more open and relaxed environment. A great way to achieve this is to ask questions throughout your presentation and get them speaking to each other on certain topics.

Another way to keep your audience alert is to add a snippet of humour into your presentation, as this will help showcase your personality and add a personal touch that other candidates may be lacking.


Don’t go overboard with preparation

By over-preparing your presentation you run the risk of sounding too rehearsed and unnatural. You should, of course, spend time beforehand practicing what you are going to say so that your audience know you are knowledgeable on what you are speaking about. However, remember that overdoing it may make it sound too memorised.


Don’t read from a script

Following on from the previous point, simply reading from a script will essentially demonstrate to the audience that you do not thoroughly understand your topic and will make you sound bored and robotic. It is important to be able to speak freely about the subject without the need for too many prompts, so finding a good balance is key.


Be animated

It is not a good idea to stand still for the duration of your presentation. Walking around the stage area every now and again and using hand movements will engage the audience and show that you are passionate about the subject at hand.



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