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1 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations Ryan E. Casey Towson University

2 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 2 So you have to give a presentation….

3 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 3 Purpose n “Battle Plan” –How to mentally and physically approach giving a presentation –Get audience to Stop, Look, and Listen

4 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 4 Getting Your Audience to Stop, Look, and Listen n Know Your Audience n Know Your Surroundings n Know Your Tools n Know Yourself

5 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 5 Three Phases of a Presentation n Preparation –Turning Thoughts into Slides n Pre-Game –Practice and Gaining Control n Presentation –Delivery of the Message

6 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 6 Preparation n Power Question –Who is my target audience? –Key to presenting “Relationship” “Relationship”

7 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 7 Knowing Your Audience Gives direction as to the Gives direction as to the –the type presentation (formal or informal?) –identify time constraints or other limiting factors? –Design presentation (take home message)

8 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 8 Turning Thoughts into Slides n Two methods –Write a formal paper in speech format –Develop an outline n In either case, remember the “circle”

9 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 9 Design n Think “circle.” Intro Body Conclusion

10 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 10 Knowing Your Tools n Slides –text, fonts, and colors –pictures and animation –tables and graphs n Your voice

11 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 11 Purpose of Slide n Reinforce “circle” design –Visual cue for speaker –Visual cue for audience Serves as a road mapServes as a road map Make the map easy to followMake the map easy to follow “KISS” Principle (Keep it Simple …)“KISS” Principle (Keep it Simple …)

12 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 12 Mechanics of Making Slides n Don’t overload with text –Keep points short –Highlight important text n Fonts are reasonable size ! nColorsnColorsnColorsnColors –Can be seen clearly and do not clash with background

13 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 13 Pictures and Animation n Illustrate concepts with photographs –Description of field sites –Laboratory design n Be careful not to give a slide show n Be creative and use animation

14 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 14 vs. Sorption Isotherm Procedure Phosphorus sorption isotherms were generated in 50 mL centrifuge tubes by equilibrating the initial solution with a soil sample. After equilibration, phosphorus was quantified in both media

15 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 15 Tables and Graphs n Great Idea –A picture is worth a thousand words n Label all items n Define Acronyms

16 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 16

17 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 17 Most Important Slides n Title Slide –Who are you and where are you from? –Who are your co-authors? n Topics to Be Discussed n Conclusions n Acknowledgements –Thank funding sources –Thank technical support personnel

18 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 18 Preparation Phase Complete n Presentation is written n Slides or Overheads are prepared n NOW WHAT??

19 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 19 Pre-Game Phase n #1 Rule Before Presentation Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice

20 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 20 Get to Know Yourself…Practice! n Timing, pace, volume and tone n Using our voice –emphasizing important points –enunciating n Being confident

21 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 21 How we say it Vs. Saying it n Verbal Element (actual spoken words) - 7% n Non-Verbal Element (body language) - 38% n Para-Verbal Element (volume and rate) - 55%

22 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 22 Practice Out Loud n Where to practice? –in front of a mirror –speaking into a tape recorder –at your computer screen –to an empty room –bribe a friend n Practice at least 3 times. No Less.

23 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 23 Presentation Phase n Things you can do to ensure your audience enjoys your presentation –know your comfort level –know your skill level –know your surroundings

24 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 24 Know Your Comfort Level n Feeling nervous is Natural n Remember to –plant your feet but keep your knees bent –make eye contact with your audience –speak slowly –BREATHE!!

25 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 25 Know Your Skill Level n Be aware of distracting foes –take change out of your pockets –put that rubber band or pencil down –it’s a laser point not a crowd control device n Are you forgetful? –Use notes but be discrete

26 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 26 Know Your Surroundings n Find room early n Take notes –Size –Podium location –Microphone –Lights (for reading notes or distracting light) n Identify distracting features

27 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 27 Gaining Control n Things to remember –You’re the boss –Identify the things you can change to make you feel more comfortable and –Don’t worry about things you can’t change

28 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 28 Keys to a Successful Presentation n Remember the “Battle Plan” –Preparation –Pre-game –Presentation

29 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 29 Getting Your Audience to Stop, Look, and Listen n Know Yourself n Know Your Audience n Know Your Surroundings n Know Your Tools

30 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 30 Evaluating Slides n What is the important information? n Does my slide communicate this information? n Does extraneous material distract from the communication?

31 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 31 Pee Dee Pore/Bulk Results 0 100 200 300 400 500 1234567 Core Number Denitrification Denitrification in Matched Macropore/Bulk Soil Samples from the Pee Dee Site

32 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 32 Denitrification is Elevated in Macropores from Matched Pee Dee Macropore/Bulk Soil Samples

33 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 33 Simplified Nitrogen Cycle Atmosphere Aquatic Terrestrial Aerobic Aquatic Terrestrial Anaerobic NH 3 NO 2 - NO 3 - Org N Fixation Assimilation Nitrification Decomposition NO 3 - NO 2 - N2ON2ON2ON2O N2N2N2N2 Denitrification N2N2N2N2

34 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 34 Evaluation of Nitrogen Control Strategies on Golf Courses Constructed wetlands Alternative fertilizer application practices Subsurface denitrification systems

35 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 35 Slide Techniques Specific to Computer Projected Presentations n Animation –A great opportunity for enhancement –A great danger for distraction

36 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 36 Slope Maximum Area

37 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 37 Recommendations to Turf Managers Modification of N applications n Apply less material n Use slow release forms of N n Slow release N is less soluble (sulfur coated urea, composted organic N) n Higher assimilation efficiency in turf

38 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 38 Recommendations to Turf Managers Modification of N applications n Apply less material n Use slow release forms of N n Slow release N is less soluble (sulfur coated urea, composted organic N) n Higher assimilation efficiency in turf

39 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 39 Wrapping it all up… n Don’t lose your audience! n Evaluate your presentations, overall and piece by piece –What is the important information? –Does the slide/poster segment/presentation communicate this information? –Is there extraneous material that detracts from the communication

40 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 40 HAVE FUN!!

41 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations Platform Presentations 41 Acknowledgements n Wendy Kuhne, Colorado State University n Mrs. Mimi Meredith, Wordsmiths n Dr. Bruce C. Thompson, US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Las Cruces, New Mexico n Ms. Julie Seton, New Mexico State University, Department of English, Las Cruces, New Mexico


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