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  • Making Effective Presentations Tim McKay, Physics Laura Olsen, MCD Biology
  • Thoughts on how to go about….
    • Preparing for the talk
    • Preparing the talk
    • Giving the talk
    • Preparing data slides
    • Answering questions
  • Preparing for the talk
    • Consider
      • Audience
      • Time allotment
    • Plan / Organize
      • What is purpose of talk?
      • Prepare outline
      • Start preparing early
  • Title
    • Choose a title that is short and informative
    • Cute titles are usually poor titles
    • Avoid jargon
    • Make it clear who the target audience is
    • Provide context
    Abstract
  • Preparing the talk
    • Have a plan or outline
      • Tell them what you will tell them
      • Tell them
      • Tell them what you told them
    • Give them the background - the “big picture” is important!
    • Save the technical details for the middle (experts are still listening)
    • Collect everyone again at end of talk
  • Preparing your slides
    • 24-30 pt font for large audiences
    • Avoid distracting backgrounds
    • Use lots of white space
    • Make sure text is clear and visible
    • Stick to simple fonts
    • Avoid unnecessary words and punctuation
  • Preparing your slides
    • 24-30 pt font for large audiences
      • This is Lucida Calligraphy
      • This is stencil - note serif
      • This is Times New Roman - also serif
      • This is Arial - it is sans serif
    • Avoid distracting backgrounds
    • Make sure text is clear and visible
    • Stick to simple fonts
  • Preparing your slides
    • 24-30 pt font for large audiences
      • This is Lucida Calligraphy
      • This is stencil - note serif
      • This is Times New Roman - also serif
      • This is Arial - it is sans serif
    • Avoid distracting backgrounds
    • Make sure text is clear and visible
    • Stick to simple fonts
  • Preparing your slides
    • Use color - but not too much
    • Use animations - but not too much
    • Use lots of white space
    • Make sure text is clear and visible
    • Stick to simple fonts
    • Don’t overdue the PowerPoint bells and whistles
  • Keep it simple
  • Preparing the data slides
    • Advice from Tim…
  • Giving the talk
    • First - practice, practice, practice
    • More from Tim….
  • Giving the talk
    • What to wear?
    • Introduction - start strong!
    • Don’t take yourself too seriously
    • Annoying habits
    • Conclusions - leave them wanting more, instead of just leaving
  • What to wear?
    • Dress (slightly) better than your audience
    • Don’t be - you want them to watch your presentation, not you
    • Be comfortable
    • No heels
    • Tie hair back
    • No coins, etc., in pockets
    • Microphone considerations!!
    flashy
  • Giving the talk - Introduction
    • Make a good first impression
      • Don’t apologize
      • Start strong and confident
      • Use humor
    • Explain what you do and why I should care!!!
    • Show enthusiasm
  • Giving the talk
    • Pace yourself
      • Breath (pause) between key points
      • Use humor, anecdotes
      • Don’t apologize if you have to skip slides
    • Talk TO the audience!!!
    • Avoid extraneous verbage
    • Move around
    • Make eye contact
  • Giving the talk - Conclusions
    • End strong - be memorable
    • Give credit where credit is due
    • Leave the audience wanting more
    • Return to conclusions slide before/while taking questions
  • Resources
    • Scientifically Speaking - Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aid - The Oceanography Society
    • Edward Tufte - books,
    • incl. The Cognitive Style
    • of Powerpoint
    • Many internet resources…
    • Personal observations
  • Tim McKay, UM Physics
    • Preparing data slides
    • Practicing your presentation
    • Handling questions