“Sorry, you won't be able to see this…”

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1407
  1. Bernard Dixon

    Fuelled by recent bitter sweet experience at a scientific conference, I return to a topic which I ventilated about two years ago in this column. Things have not improved since then, so let's try again.

    The first speaker after lunch began in a soulless monotone, addressed the screen, and extinguished any residual inclination for the audience to remain awake by using unreadable overheads. The second speaker was slightly brighter, but presented visuals which were even worse than the previous lot.

    Then something remarkable occurred. Unlike her predecessors, the next speaker looked at the audience, said good afternoon, and began with a slide that was clear, simple, and colourful. It received an immediate, …

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