Your paper is done, your flights are booked, but what about your presentation?

  • Are you a little nervous about speaking to an audience?
  • Would you like to have experienced presenters help you develop your presentation?
  • Do you want an opportunity to practice your presentation and receive constructive feedback before you come to PharmaSUG?
Introducing the Presenter Coaching Program...

The PharmaSUG 2018 Presenter Coaching Program is available to help you maximize the effectiveness of your presentation. Whether you are a first-time presenter or an accomplished speaker just looking to put that final polish on your presentation, we can help you.

How the program works:
  1. You make a video recording of yourself giving your presentation. This doesn't have to be a Hollywood-quality production. Just use your smart phone or digital camera. For tips about creating a good video, please watch our instructional video below.
  2. Submit your video and slides as detailed in the PharmaSUG 2018 Presenter Coaching Program Instructions (PDF, 448 KB)
  3. Your video and slides will be reviewed by one of our expert speaking coaches.
  4. You can expect to receive thoughtful and constructive feedback. We will include both positive feedback as well as suggestions for improvement. We will address all aspects of your presentation: delivery, organization and structure, use of slides, and the content itself.

For more information, please contact our Presenter Coaching Coordinators, John LaBore and Donna Sattler, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tips on Producing Your Video (~4 minutes)

More helpful tips:
DO glance at notes in PowerPoint on the laptop screen, to help you remember content. Do your best to make eye contact with people in the audience as you talk. DO NOT look over (or turn your back to the audience) and read directly from the slides on the projection screen.
DO practice, practice, and practice. Consider video or audio recording yourself during your practice so that you can see/hear what the audience will see/hear. DO NOT wait until the last minute to prepare and practice; mistakes happen more when you rush.
DO include a short descriptive credential statement about yourself in the first slide. DO NOT include every position you have held as the credential statement is not a resume.
DO include an agenda/overview of your presentation – but keep descriptions short. DO NOT retell the whole story in the agenda/overview.
DO deliver a good opener, provide a repetitive hook during your talk, and a good finish to emphasize the message you want to convey about your topic. DO NOT ramble; every part of your presentation should be broadly scripted in advance.
DO create concise/limited slide text and clean imagery. DO NOT include extensive verbiage or complex graphics on the slides.
DO provide a summary. DO NOT abruptly end; be mindful of your time remaining at each key point in your presentation.