Between concurrent sessions, inservices, keynotes, guest lectures and pitches, music therapists are no strangers to the art of the presentation. The skills that make us leaders in healthcare also make us shine in the conference room. Whether you’re a seasoned conference circuit professional or a student crafting a class presentation, keep the word OPUS in mind as you go:
- OPEN with Music: What better way to bring every together and sell your passion and expertise than beginning with an experiential?
- PREPARE (& Prepare Some More!): Behind every stellar presentation is lots of time and loving care. Just like with sessions, the better you research and prepare, the more you will have to give to your audience.
- USE Your MT Skills: Listening? Check. Rapport building? Got that! Group dynamics? Locked down. Research? Owned! You have a headstart on being a phenomenal presenter as a clinician.
- SHARE Your Story: We each have our own unique perspectives, passions, and abilities to bring to the table. Let your why craft your whole presentation. After all, it’s the whole reason you are up there!
Every presentation you do is a chance to advocate, share your expertise, add to the wealth of knowledge in our profession, and inspire others. It’s your professional opus and time to shine! Get inspired with these tips from Jennifer Buchanan, MTA, and former president of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists.
Your great presentation may be the first impression you give to facilities, colleagues, and potential leads– be ready for those doors to swing wide open, awesome MT! Looking for more advice on marketing, presenting, and building your professional presence? Check out our stash of business and professional CMTE courses under “Business Mastery” in the course catalog.