Live Air Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The difference between a good and really great presentation frequently lies in identifying and eliminating common, and sometimes widely accepted, mistakes in public speaking and in use of PowerPoint.

In this presentation, 10 mistakes or traps will be clearly identified and options for their correction presented. Each trap is common in oral scientific presentations and many times 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:

  • Identifying 10 common traps that we all fall into when preparing for and making public oral presentations and how to correct them
  • Understanding why practice and timing go hand-in-hand in well-organized presentations
  • How to add life to any oral presentation and better engage your audience
  • How to use a story or illustration for adding structure naturally


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 until recently directed 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.