Presentation tips

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE:

  • Even though you will be addressing an academic audience, keep in mind that most people in the audience do not share your expertise. Do not use scientific jargon and explain your topic in terms that everyone will be able to understand who is not an expert in your discipline.

PREPARING YOUR SLIDES:

  • Create an outline on paper/sticky notes before you make your slides. What message do you want to convey? How do you structure your talk? How do you start your talk? Use a title that the audience can understand!

  • Number of slides: Rule of thumb is one slide per one minute of talk.

  • Limit the amount of information on each slide. Use visuals. Too much information will distract your audience.

  • Tell a story, use examples.

PREPARING YOUR POSTER:

  • Structure your poster. Start and end should be clear to audience.

  • Think of a short, attractive title for your poster

  • Limit the amount of text on your poster to 300 words.

  • Don’t use more than 3-5 colors. Leave room for white. 40 Percent of your poster should be blank.

GENERAL ADVISE FOR SLIDES

  • Mind the font size: 24 points should be the minimum.

  • Keep diagrams and tables simple. Use captions. Explain what your data signifies and why it is important.

  • MFG, ARD, and ZDF: Explain acronyms and abbreviations.

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

  • Practice your talk and time it. You can record it on your smartphone or you can recite it to your friends. Articulate well, speak slow enough, and consider your tone of voice.

  • Make sure your presentation fits the allotted time limit. Talk: It may help to determine which slide marks the middle of your presentation.

GREAT EXAMPLES FOR 3-MINUTE TALKS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF7Kkt8eONg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkCNUPJ-OIM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e382qkCLWk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrflFPDbD98

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All links last accessed on July 23, 2020.