The Examined Life Conference Call for Presentations is OPEN!

While we’re still working to put together our slate of featured presentations (which already includes Empathy Exams author Leslie Jamison), we just can’t wait any longer to see what you all have to tell the world in 2016.  So, head over to The Call For Presentations page and tell us what you’ve got!  The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016.

Here are some common questions we get about the call:

  • Is my presentation right for tELC?
    • Probably!  We’re interested in anything that presents the intersections between medicine and the arts and humanities.
  • How long are the presentations?
    • Generally about 1.25 hours.  That leaves an hour for you to make your presentation, and 15 minutes to answer any questions.
  • What kinds of presentations work well?
    • Interactive, dynamic presentations are best.
    • Think about ways to include your audience, rather than lecturing to them.
  • What hints can you provide about PowerPoint presentations?
    • Go watch a TED talk.  Look at their slides as they talk.  You probably won’t see slides with bullets.
    • Their slides complement their words, hint at what they’re about to say, or illustrate the point they’re trying to make.
    • You definitely won’t see them reading their bullets even when they have bullets.
  • Will I need handouts?
    • It depends on your topic.  But your audience will appreciate them.
  • What’s the worst kind of presentation?
    • A presentation that appears to be self-promoting–where the value for the presenter is much higher than the value for the audience–is routinely seen by audiences as awful.  Avoid this at all costs.
  • I have more questions!
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