UMEM Educational Pearls

Some Tips for Designing an Insanely Great Talk

Here are just a few things you can do to create a fantastic presentation:

  • Remember: great talks mix education, entertainment, and inspiration
  • Limit the number of bullet points. Text can be your enemy. Better yet, try to develop your talk without bullet points!
  • Use more pictures and video. The more the better. 
  • Tell stories and use emotion (people love stories and learn well from stories)
  • In order to improve your speaking skills listen to recordings of yourself and watch videos of your presentations
  • Spend extra time of developing an excellent opening and closing. Bombing these will seal your fate. 

Great website for making great, memorable slides:


Amal Mattu, Joe Lex, Mel Herbert