A talk that changed my practice: My latterday Demosthenes

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:i
  1. Christine Waddell, associate specialist in cytopathology
  1. Birmingham

    Bernard Dixon's article—“Sorry, you won't be able to see this…” (BMJ 1996;313:1407) had a familiar ring. My Road to Damascus came at a meeting such as his. We had dozed through the mutterings of serial grim speakers when a young lady took the platform. Her talk was understandable and to the point, her slides simple, her delivery polished yet relaxed. The effect was electric, instantly piercing our postprandial stupor.

    Her influence on me was even more profound. Here was someone who was either a “natural speaker,” unlikely I thought, or one who had taken the trouble to acquire effective platform technique. The next week I found myself signing …

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