Speaker's Bureau

The DNS Speaker's Bureau features a variety nutrition support experts available for your next speaking engagement.  Whether your conference audience is composed of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists or physicians-DNS has a variety of experts within its membership that can meet your needs.

Speaking Resources

Tips Details
  • Minimize number of slides
  • Clutter can distract audience
Font Style
  • Suggest Helvetica or Arial
  • Avoid narrow fonts such as Arial Narrow
  • Avoid fonts that include fancy edges such as Times New Roman
Font Size
  • A one-inch letter is readable from 10 feet
  • A two-inch letter is readable from 20 feet
  • A three-inch letter is readable from 30 feet 
  • Suggest minimum font size of 20
Keep Text Simple
  • Use bullets or short sentences
  • Suggest removing articles such as "a" & "the" to reduce the word count on a line
  • Suggest limiting to:
    • 3 key points per slide
    • 7 lines per slide
  • Using graphics can be effective, however overuse can be overwhelming
  • Keep labels on charts and graphs concise
  • Choose a consistent background template or theme that is not too distracting
  • Be aware that a colored background will increase printing costs
  • There should be a high contrast between background and text
  • Many people have color-blindness, avoid using red/green figures or text
Spelling and Grammar
  • Check (and re-check) spelling and grammar to maintain professionalism

*Adapted from "Tips for creating and delivering an effective presentation." Microsoft Support. Microsoft, n.d. Web. 1 June 2017.

Here is a "How To" resource we recommend: Boullata J, Mancuso C. A "how-to" guide in preparing abstracts and posters. Nutr Clin Pract. 2007 Dec;22(6):641-6. 

Sample Abstracts:
Abstract 1
Abstract 2
Abstract 3

Effective Poster Examples:
Poster 1
Poster 2
Poster 3

Ineffective Poster Examples:
Poster 1
Poster 2

Potential Topics:

  • Any topics related to Enteral Nutrition, both acute and home care
  • Any topics related to Parenteral Nutrition in the acute care setting 
  • Nutrition Support in various disease states: Chronic or acute renal failure, liver disease, critical illness, upper or lower GI surgery, trauma
  • Short Gut patients-nutrition management
  • Nutrition Focused Physical Exams 
  • Evidenced-based guidelines in provision of Nutrition Support
    • Interpreting Nutrition Support literature
  • Nutrition during malabsorptive states
    • Pancreatitis or post pancreatic surgery
    • High output fistulae
    • GI disorders 
  • Dietitian's role in feeding tube placement
  • Nutrition support and micronutrients in wound healing
  • Micronutrients
    • Deficiencies after GI surgery (i.e. Gastric Bypass)
    • In the home care setting
    • Long term TPN patients
    • General overview
  • Specialized enteral feeding products
  • Feeding the critically ill obese patient
  • Update of feeding in the critically ill
    • Early use of TPN
    • Nasogastric vs post-pyloric feeding
    • Aspiration prevention
    • Feeding during:
      • Sepsis/ hemodynamic instability
      • Open abdomen
      • Burn
  • As well as any other topic that involves providing adequate nutrition to our sickest patients!

For more information or to discuss an upcoming event, please contact Ronelle Mitchell, Susan Meyer or Christan Bury, our Speakers Bureau Coordinators, at speakersbureau@dnsdpg.org.  Also, if anyone is willing to be listed as a potential Speaker, please contact us with your information and speaking topic(s). We look forward to working with you!

Revised 6/4/17

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