learning environment; learn to use it
to your advantage.
Additionally, you must be able to
adjust your presentation on the fly.
When you see that the audience is
drifting, begin to course-correct immediately. I would note that body language is an important indicator in this
regard. The above-mentioned incorporation of humor, small stretch breaks,
or questions – particularly multiple
choice queries via acclamation or
an audience response app – are all
wonderful ways of making sure your
teaching points are being understood.
Know your topic and include your
In the age of smartphones and Google, being aware of the breaking
literature is crucial. I can assure you
that someone in the audience will
use their device to fact-check! However, don’t have unrealistic expectations of yourself; you shouldn’t be
afraid to say “I don’t know.” Moreover, be sure to address both your
successes and failures. Often, I detail
my clinical mistakes to the audience.
This acknowledgement of fallibility
makes me more approachable and
promotes wider discussion.
Be receptive to feedback
Incorporating audience feedback into
my talks has made me a better lecturer. This is why I love live discussions.
Be aware of audience reception and
take note of any potential feedback.
When there are questions, follow-up
to make sure the topic has been truly
understood. Learn to enjoy positive
feedback and acknowledge the validity of criticism (none of which may be
related to you as a speaker). Should
there be negative feedback, think
about the topic in relation to the audience. It might beneficial to rework
your approach or consider alternative modalities – like rounds, small
group discussions, or simulation – for
future lectures. When questions that
I cannot answer arise, I always take
audience members’ contact information, do the necessary follow-up
research, and get back to them.
Use every possible lecturing opportunity to not only improve GI care
in your institution/practice and the
community, but to also promote your
own special talent. Utilize your down
time. Reach out to surgeons, floor
nurses, PAs, APRNs, and whoever you
can think of to collaborate and develop lectures that will benefit everyone. Enjoy what you are doing! This
is the fuel you need to succeed. n
In the age of
Google, being aware of
the breaking literature
is crucial. I can assure
you that someone in the
audience will use their
device to fact-check!