P Cubed (How to do a Presentation) - #wewillgiveDREEAMpresentations

In a previous blog post I've already sung the praises of Ross Fisher and the p cubed approach to presentations.

In this live recording at the latest DREEAM educators' meeting I talk a bit more about p cubed, how to present information in a way that's not just nice to look but has science behind it.

Here are the slides.  As ever just click to scroll through them.

Topics covered:

  • Why bullet points are bad (irony)
  • How to storyboard - spark points and lightning slides
  • The science of presentations - cognitive overload, the three second rule, the rule of thirds and dual coding
  • How to present data

Here is the Take Visually for this episode: 


I hope you enjoy this talk and feel inspired.  That's the purpose of this talk and as a team at DREEAM we have made a Twitter pledge #wewillgiveDREEAMpresentations.

For more information on learning theories (and why it's wrong to think about 'types' of learners) check out Learning Scientists.

Good luck telling people of the amazing things you've seen.

                 - Jamie



It was an honour to be asked to present at the 4th annual Undergraduate Medical Education Conference (UMEC) at the University of Nottingham on 7th July.  It's a great opportunity to see the great work being done to improve the teaching of our students.  

I think we were all impressed by the work of WAMS (Widening Access to Medical School) a programme run by medical students in association with work by the university to widen access to students who might otherwise not go to medical school.  I was very lucky with the support from home I received; many are not so lucky. 

                                              The DREEAM team out in force for UMEC 2017.

It was great to hear from my fellow podcaster Charley Peal on her work 'Nifty Fifty' giving clinical students a booklet of 50 challenges such as escorting a patient to X-ray to help them orientate and stay on the ward.  Or as she and her fellow medical fellow Becca Noble put it ''avoid being a trip hazard''.  Not saying I actually caused people to trip up when I was a medical student but I certainly had some near misses.

There was a good discussion about the difficulties of sharing educational resources.  This is why I support FOAMed despite its detractors.  No paywall; no firewall.  The challenge is quality control of course but I've often thought that there's great work going on that just isn't celebrated enough.  I've regularly been in conferences and felt it just seems like some institutions are better than others at getting their message out there.  There must be reasons at the individual level to explain this but it must also be due to leadership and the culture of an institution.  

We also discussed the conundrum at the heart of medical education I feel.  Our students want to pass exams.  We want them to be safe doctors.  It's sad but understandable when in the past I've had to cancel sessions because they're near exams and whilst they'd help the students as doctors I know engagement would be poor if I put it on.  

My DREEAM colleague Matt Govan kindly filmed me.  It's actually hard to boil a subject down into 7 minutes and it took a lot of practice.  Looking at it I hope it shows a progression with using the P3 approach to presentation.  The last time I presented I was told I dance about a bit so here I'm routed to the spot by 'anchoring' against the podium.    

In my last blog at Das SMACC I mentioned how SMACC has helped change the approach to conferences at this philosophy was evident at UMEC; short presentations, workshops dotted amongst the schedule with social media being used throughout.  As someone who attends a lot of conferences it's a great development and one to be continued.  Thanks to everyone at the UMEC organising committee.