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  • To enable GP trainees develop and demonstrate presentation skills essential when joining a practice these days (eg when you’re asked to run a session on x, y or z)
  • To enable GP trainees develop an indepth understanding of the chosen topic in a way that hopefully promotes a greater understanding of its impact on people’s lives
  • To enable GP trainees to look at new ways of approaching a topic and thereby learning “outside the box”
  • To promote learner-centred group learning
  • To promote a teamwork approach to learning


  • Builds confidence (talking to groups of people)
  • Time management (keeping to time)
  • Avoiding information overload
  • Encourages learners to own and be responsible for their and their colleagues’ learning


You can organise it any way you like, provided you are ready with a presentation on the day!   But don’t be afraid to ask the couProgramme Directors or facilitators for thoughts, ideas or approaches; after all, this is why they are here.  The types of sessions others have done include a combination of: group OSCE style stations, quizes, interactive lectures, video diaries/interviews, small goup work like working on cases.  Please arrange any visits to organisations yourself.  Don’t forget to do an evaluation form: after all, how are you going to learn how good your session was and what might need fine tuning when you do presentations in the future?


  1. You can use as much or as little technology as you like. Beware of powerpoint mania. Try to use as many different teaching techniques as possible.  Think of presentations you’ve found enjoyable/informative/lively and try to emulate some of those methods.
  2. Consider getting the audience to do some of the work. This approach adds dynamism to the session and engages your audience (stops them from falling asleep).
  3. If you use slides or overheads, it is important not to put too much information on them; overheads full of text are very boring, especially if the presenter then simply reads them out.
  4. You can ask Claire (our administrator) to photocopy handouts, but NOT STRAIGHT BEFORE the presentation! Give them to her in advance – email them if you like. Try and bear in mind that the majority of handouts never get read. This is even more likely if your handout is longer two sides of A4. It might be better to email the handout to try and save a few trees.
  5. Please try and keep to time.
  6. There is a handout on presentation skills on this website (go back to the home page, click on “Online Resources > 0307 Teaching & Learning > Presentation Skills”.  You should find 2-3 handouts.
  7. Leave some time at the end to evaluate your session. You can only improve the next time if you know how things went this time and what bits the audience felt could have been done differently.