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  • Speaking for Success

    Course Length

    2  hours

    Course Description

    This course reviews how adults learn as a means to examine the effective delivery techniques you can use to engage scientific and clinical peer audiences. Provides practical information on how to deliver powerful oral presentations in the classroom, the conference room, the auditorium, and at the regional or national meeting.

    Includes a discussion of voice, inflection, body language, techniques to stimulate interest and involvement, and strategies to help facilitate audience recall of the message. Addresses how to prepare for a presentation, how to manage anxiety, and how to design and use visual aids effectively.

  • Designing Effective Visual Aids

    Course Length

    1 hour

    Course Description

    This course addresses how to plan, design and create effective visual aids, both textual and graphical, for use in formal presentations and other teaching situations. Proposes strategies to complete the process in a time-efficient manner. Outlines the principles of effective visual aid design for both readability and recall.

    Addresses how to use visual aids to engage and interact with the audience, including the use of audience-response systems, video and sound files, color, animation, and other features of PowerPoint and other programs.

  • Presentation Skills

    Course Description

    2-3 hours

    Course Description

    A workshop in which each participant gives a 10-minute presentation (or the first 10 minutes of a longer talk) for the group. A speaking coach facilitates feedback and suggestions from the group to improve the power of the delivery and the presentations of the content. The speaker gives the talk again, and the process is repeated to further refine the delivery and emphasize the main points. Participants keep their videotaped presentation.

  • How to Run a Journal Club

    Course Length

    1 hour

    Course Description

    Journal Club provides an opportunity to discuss the strengths and drawbacks of recently published studies and to sharpen the group's critical thinking skills. The meetings can also serve as a brainstorming session for projects among the group.

    This session addresses how to run a Journal Club efficiently. Details the roles of the journal club members, including the coordinator, the primary reviewer, the secondary reviewer, and the participants. Proposes a strategy for examining the scientific reasoning of a formal study. Reviews ways to promote interaction and involvement in a journal club setting.

  • Interview Skills

    Course Description

    1 hour

    Course Description

    This course reviews the important interpersonal communication skills to emphasize in interviews in order to convey your knowledge, skills and professionalism in a way that will be remembered. Suggests practical strategies to engage your interviewer and to reinforce your points. Discusses preparation for an interview or day visit to a program, both as far as the content of what you plan to convey and the way you convey it.

  • Communicating for Results: Interpersonal Skills in the Health Care Setting

    Course Length

    1-2 hours

    Course Description

    This session examines verbal and non-verbal communication skills effective in building rapport and interacting one-on-one with patients and colleagues alike. Describes how to alter and emphasize your communication style for different learners, situations, purposes and environments. Discusses ways to build effective working relationships with peers and staff. Addresses how to deal with upset individuals or conflict situations.