Call for Presentations is Open!

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It won’t be long until we welcome you back to Iowa on October 12.  While we’re still working to put together our slate of featured presentations, we want to know what presentation ideas you’ve got for us in 2017. So, visit The Call For Presentations page and submit your presentation idea! The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017.

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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