FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 29, 2010

American Chemical Society Webinar focuses on delivering a dynamic presentation

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 — News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™, focusing on giving a dynamic presentation.

Scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 5, from 2 – 3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS Webinar™ will feature Nicholas Washienko, Ph.D., J.D., owner of Washienko Communications, and Director of the Professional Development Program, Boston University, speaking on Delivering a Dynamic Presentation.

ACS Webinars™ connect you with subject experts and global thought leaders in chemical sciences, management and business to address current topics of interest to scientific and engineering professionals. Each webinar includes a short presentation followed by a Q & A session.

News media and scientists can tune into the conference without charge, but must register in advance.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify the single greatest obstacle to effective presentations
  • Structure a presentation that is easy to deliver and easy for listeners to follow
  • Use PowerPoint to enhance, not detract from, presentation success
  • Develop a strategy for answering questions
  • Understand why listeners are reacting as much to you as to your content

Washienko has helped senior executives prepare for business critical presentations for more than 30 years, with a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies. He attributes that success to recognizing that the major obstacle to successful presentations lies in the differing interests of speakers and listeners. Most speakers, on the one hand, treat business presentations as if they were delivering a report in college. They incorporate enormous amounts of information which they transfer to PowerPoint slides and then end up reading the screens. Many listeners, on the other hand, are more comfortable with the quick, short bursts of information from digital media. Their attention span has been greatly reduced in this electronic age. Washienko holds a Ph.D. and J.D. from Boston University, where he is on the faculty teaching courses in business law and business communication.

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