How to Prepare a Podium Presentation


To Who Are You Presenting?

Always know to who you are addressing

  • Clinical nurses
  • Administrators
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Academics
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists


How does your message relate to your audience?

  • Your presentation must be relevant to your audience
    • Oncology Clinical may need to know other elements of care

If you are presenting at a clinical conference, you must have a clinical message.

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Some Don't's

  • Never speak on a topic of which you are not knowledgeable.
  • If you use humor, do not speak off the cuff
  • Endear your audience
  • No arrogance
  • Never go over time
  • Not too much information on the slide


The Beginning

  • Problem statement…
  • The purpose statement…
  • Take-home messages.

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Take Home Message

  • Establish positive attitudes toward older patients with cancer (DELPHI Study, Schell 2005).
  • Strong mentors are vital to undergraduate nursing students (AGS Education Committee, 2002; Sheffler, 1995; Hazzard, 1994, Jonsson, 2003).
  • Well elderly clinical experiences are critical to positive attitudes (van Zuilen et al., 2001).


The Message

  • Evidenced based
  • Sensitize the audience
  • Review the state-of-the-art
  • Use pictures
  • Use real life experiences
  • Engage audience in commonalities

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  • Repeat the take Home message
  • Articulate how your data will be critical to clinicians
  • Supply with websites, resources
  • Your contact information



  • Lack of prep is related to degree of nervousness.
  • Have great visuals
  • Create an interesting slide design
  • Be confident with Q&A

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How to Prepare a Podium Presentation PPT

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