Tip 1: Look and sound bored. Sigh a lot.
Look towards your PowerPoint and away from your audience. This way they will appreciate the back of your haircut and everyone can avoid awkward eye contact
Put lots of fancy graphs and tables loaded with data in there that take 5-10 minutes to understand. Give your audience 15 seconds to admire them and move on to the next slide
Be sure to include lots of references on the last slide that noone will ever look up
Say “umm” and “like” a lot. If people ask you questions, use one of the following responses:
1. Well, how do YOU explain that p value?
2. We see that a lot.
3. I sit on a consensus committee and most of us agreed on that, so...
Point at stuff in your slide and move the pointer around a lot. Circle each item of interest at least a few dozen times. This will hypnotize at least a few audience members and result in a favorable evaluation.
Read directly from your slide. Do not miss a single item. If you don’t follow the script you might slip up and reveal what you really know.
Worry. A lot. The audience is full of experts and they will ask lots of questions. You’ll forget what to say! It’s scary stuff! There’s still time to back out! Run!
Make sure you speak in an even monotone that conveys that you are a serious expert. Do not smile, raise your voice or betray emotion.
Keep it esoteric. The less your audience understands about what you’re saying, the less likely they’ll skewer you with an awkward question.
a. When talking to Pathologists, talk about clinical or imaging
b. When talking to clinicians, show lots of photomicrographs
Talk about molecular things (except to a roomful of molecular Pathologists). Make it sound fancy.
Example: “next generation sequencing was performed in addition to RNA-seq and then analyzed by a combinatorial library that was compared to the TCGA database”