Speaker Resources

Are you speaking at an ACR CME meeting? Here are a few resources you may find helpful for creating your presentation and honing your speaking skills.


The information below is intended to assist ACR members in honing their presentation skills. No endorsement of the resources should be implied or inferred. Resources which are part of the public domain have been included without revision. Authors/owners of content linked and/or excerpted have been cited and/or materials are used with permission.

Presentation Basics and Best Practices

How to Give a Dynamic Scientific Presentation

How Not to Give a Presentation

Public Speaking Best Practices

Awesome Medical PowerPoint and Keynote Presentation Designs

How to Design an Effective Presentation - key tools and basic design rules to help your audience remember your message (video - length 8:58)

Life After Death by PowerPoint by Don McMillan - comedic takes on common PowerPoint blunders (video - length: 4:24)

Five Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People
Five key elements to help you reach your audience from Susan Weinschenk, the author of “100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People” (video - length: 6:09)

  1. People learn best in 20 minute chunks
  2. Multiple sensory channels compete
  3. What you say is only part of your message
  4. Have a clear call to action, if you want people to act
  5. Audiences imitate and respond to your emotions

Communication Skills - Six Keys of Powerful Communication
The six essential components to master to become a great communicator (video - length: 19:48)

  1. Assertiveness / persistence
  2. Authenticity
  3. Open mindedness
  4. Empathy
  5. Clarity
  6. Listening skills