Great learner-centered presentations for EMS presenters

Follow these five tips to captivate your audience, include easy-to-see visuals, follow the rule of sevens and avoid panel discussions that will put your audience to sleep


Hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to attend a few great presentations during your EMS career. For me, it’s a great presentation when I learn something that’s meaningful to me in a way that captures my attention so deeply that I can’t be distracted. I’ve been fortunate to see several great, a lot of good, and a few too many painful talks over the last 45 years.

Just like there’s been a move toward “patient-centered” medicine over the last few years, it’s time to move to “learner-centered” presentations.

If you’re nervous about your talk, pause for a moment and ask yourself what you’re really worried about. At least 99% of the time, the answer will be something about forgetting your lines, going over your time limit, being embarrassed or some other self-centered thought. Your presentation isn’t about you, it’s about your audience. Keep your focus on providing real value for them and you’ll find the nervousness dissipates while the quality of your presentation improves.

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