• Guidelines for an Effective Presentation

    Congratulations! Your paper has been selected for presentation at the Scholarship Fair.  Here are some important guidelines for creating and practicing your presentation.

    1. Identify your main point, research objectives, and findings and state them succinctly up front. You cannot relay all the details of your paper in 15 minutes.
    2. Repeat your main point (or summarize your findings) at the end of your presentation. It is important to help the audience remember what were the highlights and your conclusions.
    3. Speak clearly and loudly.
    4. Know your audience. Determine the level of the audience--especially the technical level--and fit your presentation to that level.
    5. Do not show your back. Never turn your back to the audience and talk to the screen. Do not get in the way of the projector light. Use a pointer if necessary to identify the important parts of the slide rather than turning to face it.
    6. Stick to your time limit. You have about 15 minutes for your presentation.
      1. If you do not have enough time to get through all your slides, skip enough so that you do not have to rush through them.  
      2. Limit the time you spend talking about other's research. Focus on your contributions.
    7. Practice before you present. Never give a presentation without practicing at least once to be sure that it will fit into the time frame and that you know how to move from one point to the next. Include your visual aids in your practice.
    8. Make your visuals a POSITIVE, rather than a NEGATIVE:
      1. Use a large font size on visual aids. A font size of 28 or higher will ensure that the audience will be able to read your slides. Use a large font size for mathematical notation and empirical results, as well as for text.  
      2. Never cut and paste a table from your paper onto a slide. These tables are never easy to read and only irritate your audience. Instead, choose a few results that you want to highlight and present them on a slide in no smaller than 28 font.
      3. Do not put too much information on any one slide. Use visual aids that reinforce what you way in order to keep the audience focused.
      4. Use bullet points instead of long sentences on your slides. Do not write out everything that you will say and then read them to your audience.
      5. Find out what AV equipment will be available to you and prepare accordingly. Do not bring a Power Point presentation if the conference does not have the facilities to project from your computer.
      6. Do not include information on visual aids that you do not intend to discuss. Extra information on visual aids distracts the audience from your message. 
    9. There will be a questions and answer session after your presentation. Be prepared to do your best. If you don't know the answer, do not hesitate to say so. Our audience has been very kind in the past.

    -Adapted from the Spring/Summer 2005 CSWEP Newsletter

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