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1 Making Oral Presentations Michael Smuksta, Ph.D. History Department Viterbo University 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research

2 Four Main Points 1.Know your content. 2.Communicate with simple strategies. 3.Communicate with good delivery. 4.PowerPoint / Prez1i / Slide Shark do’s and don'ts Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

3 1. Know Your Content Preparation is the key. Presentation structure. Rough draft to outline to notes. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

4 2. Communicate via Simple Strategies American Association of Colleges and Universities definition of oral communication Strategy 1: “Keep It Simple Stupid,” or KISS Strategy 2: Forecast, Body, Summary Strategy 3: Journalist approach Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

5 3. Communicate via Delivery Know your audience Show enthusiasm and passion Dress professionally Establish rapport with the audience Make eye contact Move about Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

6 Delivery, continued Notes or Text? Voice and the Goldilocks' Rule Define key terms Time for questions Finish Strong Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

7 Audio-Visual Do’s and Don’ts Generic Conference Outline Title Slide Forecast slide Outline of the presentation Background / Context / Issue Methods Results Summary Questions References Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

8 Audio-Visual Do’s and Don’ts Comedian Don McMillan: “Life after Death by PowerPoint” (4:25) 2Ck&noredirect=1 2Ck&noredirect=1 Rules – consistency is the key Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

9 Rubrics Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research mics/undergrad_research/Oral%20Presentatio n%20Evaluation%20Rubric%20- %20Single%20Student%20Form.pdf mics/undergrad_research/Oral%20Presentatio n%20Evaluation%20Rubric%20- %20Single%20Student%20Form.pdf /currcomm/OralCommunication.pdf /currcomm/OralCommunication.pdf Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research

10 Selected References “Guidelines for Oral Presentations,” Ohio Wesleyan Mark D. Hill, “Oral Presentation Advice,” Sidney B. Westly, “Communicating Research Results: Tips for Preparing and Making Oral Presentations,” Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability and Hawaii Junior Science & Humanities “Communication Skills – Making Oral Presentations,” Newcastle “Tips for Effective (with additional resources listed) “Tips for Oral Presentations,” Wellesley Michael Smuksta, Ph.D Summer Undergraduate Research


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