Dr. Kristine Krafts

Dr. Kristine Krafts

Dr. Kristine Krafts from the University of Minnesota and pathologystudent.com joins Dr. Chaffin to present her “Top Five Tips for Making Your Next Presentation Awesome!”

Awesome presentations don’t just happen. They take planning, preparation, and practice. People that listen to this podcast have a pretty good chance of being asked to make a medical presentation. I’ve found that most of us do not do all that we can to make those presentations as engaging or effective as they could be. Dr. Krafts is a master teacher with extensive teaching and presentation experience, and she shares five very practical tips for setting yourself up for success as a presenter. She talks about templates, content spacing on the slide, fonts, graphs, and most importantly, how to keep from just reading your slides to the audience (Please don’t do that! It’s boring!). Plus, she’s really funny (evidence below the example slides). Highest recommendation for this one!

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Dr. Krafts nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

The images below are generously provided by Dr. Krafts.

Krafts slide 1 - Busy backgrounds!
Krafts slide 2 - Simple background
Krafts slide 3 - SO MANY WORDS!
Krafts slide 4 - Far fewer words; much more pleasant
Krafts slide 5 - Unprofessional, busy-appearing fonts
Krafts slide 6 - Two to say "NO" to, and four that work well!
Krafts slide 7 - Wow! Font is too small!
Krafts slide 8 - This is a BAD look! Fuzzy, tiny, complicated-looking graphs.
Krafts slide 9 - BEFORE: Busy and complicated-looking. Hard to see message.
Krafts slide 10 - AFTER: Graph simplified and data in table

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 2:00: Intro to Dr. Krafts
  • 4:50: Dr. Krafts and the rubber chicken
  • 5:38: You don’t have to follow someone else’s path
  • 9:05: Why a podcast on presentations?
  • 11:05: Tip 1: Pick a simple template
  • 18:03: Tip 2: Don’t crowd the slide with text
  • 24:05: Tip 3: Use the right font
  • 31:49: Tip 4: Don’t read off your slides
  • 41:02: Tip 5: Make your graphs awesome
  • 47:17: Resources available at pathologystudent.com for blood bankers

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