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Effective Oral Presentations: The Steps to Making an Impact on the Podium

Raviteja Innamuri, Sharad Philip, Jayant Mahadevan, Pratikchya Tulachan, Naga VSS Gorthi, Amit Singh, Guru S Gowda, Harita Mathur, Rajesh Shrestha, Shreeram Upadhyaya, Lochana NP Samarasinghe, Rajitha D Marcellin, Samindi T Samarawickrama, Shanali I Mallawaarachchi, Yasodha M Rohanachandra

Keywords : Early Career Psychiatrist, Early Career Psychiatrist Leadership and Professional Skills Workshop, Effective oral presentation, Preparing a presentation

Citation Information : Innamuri R, Philip S, Mahadevan J, Tulachan P, Gorthi NV, Singh A, Gowda GS, Mathur H, Shrestha R, Upadhyaya S, Samarasinghe LN, Marcellin RD, Samarawickrama ST, Mallawaarachchi SI, Rohanachandra YM. Effective Oral Presentations: The Steps to Making an Impact on the Podium. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2022; 16 (2):99-102.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0112

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-08-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


There is convincing evidence to support that the skills to deliver an effective oral presentation are essential tools for a successful career. These skills are yet not part of the official academic curriculum across many Asian countries. This invariably affects young researchers who are seeking to build confidence through these presentations. The authors examined the relevant literature sources for recommendations and guidelines to prepare an effective oral presentation and have added insights and learnings gleaned during the “Early Career Psychiatrist Leadership and Professional Skills Workshop.” Key takeaways—An effective oral presentation does not begin with making a PowerPoint presentation but identifying the key message and building a mental structure of the presentation in a spoken style. Any rule of making a presentation is only valid if it assists in delivering this key message. Having slides is not mandatory and one has to examine whether the slides of the presentation complement or are distracting the audience from the presentation. Similarly, statistics can be presented outside of tables in many compelling ways. It is prudent to cautiously explore and experiment with the guidelines and learnings listed here to suit the early career psychiatrist (ECP) style. We believe that these gleanings can benefit other medical professionals with relevant modifications.

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