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  • The Art of Powerpoint Lee Drake
  • Presentation Skills illustrated
  • Presentation Skills• Keep it clear• Keep it simple• Don’t overwhelm with technology; use it to accent, not dictate.
  • Focus on Research• Powerpoints are about communicating ideas first and foremost• But don’t overwhelm them with information
  • Focus on Research• What are the key points that you need to get across?• What constitutes “too much detail?”
  • Audience• There is no “one-size fits all” approach to presentations - each should be tailored to your specific audience• How much do they know about your field?• What about your research is going to catch their attention?
  • Audience• Why are they there? What do they want to learn from you?
  • Audience• Try to anticipate their questions:• “So what?”• “Why is this worth my time right now - I have my own research to do!”*• “Why should I listen to you?” *This is why I usually skip presentations
  • Key Points• Try to reduce your research to a few easily understood bullet points• The simpler the sentence, the more your audience will take away from the talk
  • Images• Images should accent the topic, not dominate it (unless it is a chart directly related to research)
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  • U in I a e s gm g s• Images can help set a tone without dominating the slide or overwhelming information• Just make sure the image doesn’t have a single point of focus (e.g. a smiling face).
  • You can also use an image as a background,just make sure to include an opaque ortranslucent background
  • ...because it is really hard to read if you don’tinclude some kind of boundary to buffer theimage
  • Use fancy graphics sparingly in scientificpresentations though - black & white is moreappropriate. However, for informational orbusiness presentations, this can be helpful
  • Clutter• Every word you say should not be on the slide.