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EMS World Expo 2012 Session Closing Comments

Overall Impressions of EMS World Expo Sessions
  • The best and most skilled presenters were in the education track. Logically this makes sense as educators are the most often in front of and working a crowd.
  • Presenters, set yourself free from your notes. Even though PowerPoint and KeyNote have the capability to show your slides on the digital projector and your notes on your laptop screen it is distracting when you look down at your laptop. Be free!
  • Speakers are continuing a long developing trend of not providing paper handouts of key points or slides, but I have heard the lack of handouts is the top complaint of attendees. I try to bridge the gap by putting my slides on slideshare, encouraging attendees to photograph any and all slides, and have provided a post Expo handout to that they may choose to publish.
  • Smartphone use is widespread during presentations. Some attendees are using smartphones to capture content, key points, participate in the presentation, and share with others. (64% of the attendees in my session reported checking their email or text message inboxes during the presentation)
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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.