Original Broadcast Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015

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The difference between a good and really great presentation frequently lies in identifying and eliminating common and sometimes widely accepted mistakes In this presentation, ten mistakes or traps will be clearly identified and options for their correction presented. Each trap is common in oral, scientific presentations and many times such traps are viewed as acceptable when they are not. A framework for good presenting style will be developed and presented.

As an attendee, you will learn more about the common mistakes:

  • Failing to recognize who your audience is and engaging them
  • Understanding how lack of practice can undermine your success
  • Avoiding the use of humor when humor is appropriate
  • Timing can influence the success of a presenter and should be carefully considered
  • Failing to illustrate key points with stories

Rick Parmely is the founder of Polished and Professional LLC, a training company that specializes in improving communications of groups as diverse as individual scientists and managers, or groups of trainers. After teaching undergraduate chemistry at West Point and Juniata College, Rick joined Restek Corporation in 1997 and currently directs their technical education program. He teaches communications technique, chemistry, and separation science theory. With 30-plus years of teaching experience, Rick has taught science and communications courses to widely diverse audiences, including NATO officials, technicians at the U.N. Pesticides Laboratory in Austria, flavor scientists in Shanghai, China, and scientists at the University of Nairobi as well as to hundreds of domestic clients.