2016 SOT Education-Career Development Session: “Talksicology”-Effective Oral Presentation Techniques

Chairperson(s): Barbara L.F. Kaplan, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS; and Richard Pollenz, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Endorser(s): Career and Resource Development Committee Education Committee Postdoctoral Assembly

Effective dissemination of research findings in seminars, interviews, scientific meetings, or to the public has always been a critical skill for toxicologists. While effective oral presentation skills are formally taught in most training programs, gaps in the training exist and many programs do not measure success or offer direct evidence of effectiveness. The main goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with an opportunity to assess effectiveness, and improve their own presentations and oral communication skills. The session is designed to be engaging and interactive. The first part of the workshop will be the analysis of a “flawed” presentation in real time in which the audience will use smart phonebased technology (PollEverywhere) to rate and discuss the presentation. This exercise will be followed by short sessions from three experts from academia and industry who will provide examples and techniques for oral presentations specific to 1) a research seminar, 2) an interview, and 3) a situation in which the scientists must communicate to the media or
lay public. Effective oral communication during poster presentations will also be presented. This workshop will be applicable for anyone wishing to
enhance oral communication skills and is particularly pertinent to developing scientists who want to improve in this craft. (Abstract #3354)

5:00 Introduction. B.L.F. Kaplan. Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

5:05 How Not to Engage the Audience. R. Pollenz.
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

5:30 Make an Impact with Your Research Seminar.
B.L.F. Kaplan. Mississippi State University,
Mississippi State, MS.

5:45 Presenting Your Research, Presenting Yourself.
L. Lehman-McKeeman. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.,
Princeton, NJ.

6:00 Effectively Delivering Complex Messages to
Non-Technical Audiences That Have a Short
Attention Span. S.J. Hermansky. ConAgra Foods,
Omaha, NE.