Course Details

Developing Compelling & Comprehensible Slides

This course focuses on how to articulate a coherent unified narrative to enhance the audience’s understanding, and is intended to follow its preceding course, Understanding the Components of an Effective Scientific Presentation. Presentations are essential to the scientific process, and are useful tools for sharing research with a widespread audience. For an audience to grasp critical information from slides, it is crucial to use effective presentation techniques. Creating comprehensible and compelling slides is the key to helping an audience gain a better understanding of the presentation’s material.

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Course Author

image of Dave Rubenson, Director,

Instructor: Dave Rubenson, Director,

Dave Rubenson is director of the scientific communications firm  Prior to this he served as Associate Director for Administration and Strategic Planning at the Stanford Cancer Institute, Director of Special Projects at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, and as a strategic planning consultant to the UCLA Brain Research Institute.  He also spent 20 years working at the intersection of science and public policy at the RAND Corporation where he received formal training in presentation techniques.  He has written extensively on issues related to scientific presentations and communication.  He has an M.S. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour


  • Manage information overload so the audience understands an overarching message
  • Establish an audio-visual synergy to enhance the audience’s experience
  • Understand how to transition between slides and tell a unified narrative
  • Effectively draw the correct conclusions in your presentation
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of giving a compelling and comprehensible presentation


Certificate of Completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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