Teaching Academy

ACOEM Teaching Academy

Video Series on Presentation Excellence

Kent W. Peterson, MD, FACOEM 
Constantine Gean, MD, FACOEM

Effectively communicating thoughts, feelings, and desires and inspiring needed actions are essential skills for any professional. Polls show that most people greatly fear standing up and presenting in public. The Teaching Academy was formed to help speakers improve the quality and effectiveness of their presentations in any setting.

ACOEM’s five-part video series on Presentation Excellence will benefit anyone presenting to any audience for any period of time — from two minutes to two days. Our goal is to help presenters advance from being “Good” speakers, to “Great” presenters, to “Outstanding” teachers. Read more, including an interview with the hosts, here.

What Does the Series Cover?
Each video, moderated by Kent Peterson and Constantine Gean, with input from other Academy members, has a different focus.

1) Journey to Presentation Excellence


Introduces and gives an overview of the 5-video series on Presentation Skills.

2) Organizing Your Presentation

Covers knowing your audience, finding the “Great Idea” that your audience will respond to, using stories, and making your talk memorable.

3) Designing Your Presentation

Covers effective use of slide design principles, how to turn your ideas and key points into visual materials, simplifying data for audience display, and how to make your talk flow well.
PowerPoint Design Example (.pptx)

4) Delivering Your Presentation

Covers how to use body language, eye contact, vocal resonance, proper breathing, and stories to interest your audience by animating ideas and adding excitement.

5) Engaging the Audience

Covers multiple techniques to keep your audience awake and engaged by creating a social atmosphere, starting with an unforgettable opening, giving them something to do, being dramatic, having fun, and other playful techniques.

Additional Resources:

Tips for Online Presenters: The Basics
Educational Methods to Meet the Needs of Different Types of Learners