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1 Tips for making a presentation Elena Lawrick, Purdue University

2 How long is the audience attention span?  2 min  5 min  20 min  40 min

3 Audience Attention Span

4 How to keep the audience attention? Plan, time, and rehearse Project your voice when speaking Maintain eye contact with several members of the audience Do NOT read—speak Do not turn your back to the audience when reading from a slide Outline your talk briefly at the beginning, so the audience will know what to expect Design strong visuals (TBC)

5 Visuals  PowerPoint slides  Overhead Projector  Handouts

6 PowerPoint slides Why to use?  To help the audience follow your talk  To visualize key points of your talk Hence, slides should be:  Easily readable  Not crowded SLIDES DO NOT REPLACE YOUR TALK. THEY SUPPORT IT.

7 PPP slides Crowded

8 PPP slides Crowded

9 PPP slides Not crowded

10 PPP slides Crowded & Unclear

11 PPP slides Clear example

12 PPP slides Clear example

13 PPP slides Customize captions, figures, and tables to emphasize the information you’d like you audience to notice. …like I did with the “Audience Attention Span” figure.like I did with the “Audience Attention Span” figure.

14 Audience Attention Span

15 IEEE Transaction: Title page Index terms Bold face, keywords in alphabetical order, acronyms First footnote Not numbered 1 st paragraph: received and revised information of manuscript, financial support information 2 nd paragraph: author’s affiliation 3 rd paragraph: associate editor’s information and digital object identifier (DOI) Title: Name: First foot note: Abstract Index terms Main Body

16 PPP slides Use tables, figures, and images …but make sure they’re readable.

17 PPP slides: Figures

18 PPP slides: Figures (cont’d)

19 PPP slides: Tables

20 PPP slides: Tables (cont’d)

21 PPP slides Maintain parallelism ; i.e., use parallel grammatical structures in lists

22 PPP slides: Parallelism None

23 PPP slides: Parallelism Parallel items

24 PPP slides: Parallelism No parallelism

25 PPP slides: Parallelism Let’s practice Lists – Breakdown large amounts of text – Useful to convey step, phases, years, procedures – Engage readers – Concise information – Bulleted or numbered When creating a list:

26 Basics concerns:  Do not “fly through the slides”. Time your talk.  “Test-drive” your presentation in advance. Make sure that the equipment works fine.  Do not create fancy slides. They are distracting. Be consistent in font type and size.  Make sure your PPP includes:  1 st slide: Presentation title, your name, your affiliation (date and place are optional)  2 nd slide: Presentation outline  Next to last slide: conclusions  Last slide: Thank you! Questions?

27 Online resources   resentations/index.xml resentations/index.xml  e/audience/psych.html e/audience/psych.html 

28 Acknowledgements I am grateful to my students who granted their permissions to use their PPP slides as examples.

29 Thank you! Questions? Elena Lawrick, Purdue University


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