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1 Giving effective presentations Giving effective presentations Bill Dennison Future Environmental Decisions 6 Nov 2010

2 Outline Communicating your message Preparing effective slides Presenting your talk

3 Outlines Communicating your message Preparing effective slides Presenting your talk

4 Communicating your message takes preparation Develop an overall theme/story Connect your main themes Keep to about five key points Target your audience More than knowing the software

5 Communicating your message takes preparation Get to the point—show data / main information within five minutes Develop visual elements Avoid jargon or acronyms Stick to time limit—plan on one slide per available minute Every slide should have visual elements

6 Designing a good scientific PowerPoint presentation Title slide – title, authors, affiliations Outline of talk – explain organization & preview conclusions Body of talk – format consistency, on-going summaries (e.g. ‘active’ titles)

7 Designing a good scientific PowerPoint presentation Conclusions – take-home messages, stimulate questions Acknowledgements – specify roles Extra slides for questions

8 Outlines organize your main themes Communicating your message Preparing effective slides Presenting your talk

9 The Slide Master provides consistency

10 Active titles can summarize key points Inactive titles: Barriers to EBM Impacts of low rain fall Water quality combined index Active titles: Communication identified as a barrier to implementing EBM Lack of rain resulted in high salinities A combined index of water quality show degradation downstream

11 Combine visual elements to provide context Feeding operations situated close to streams

12 96 DPI, 480 KB Reduce your file size by using the right photo format and resolution Photos at high resolution can dramatically increase the file size Use appropriate file formats (JPG, PNG, GIF) and resolution (~96 DPI) If necessary, use PowerPoint's built-in compression function 300 DPI, 1,500 KB

13 Outlines organize your main themes Communicating your message Preparing effective slides Presenting your talk

14 Preparation is essential Arrive early to check equipment Grab the audiences attention “Opener” Provide appropriate background

15 Presenting your talk Thoughtful transitions between points keeps your audience focused on your theme Orient the audience to each slide Be enthusiastic and pace yourself Assess your audience and situation and respond if necessary

16 You are giving a talk, not reading a speech Text can be used to: –Remind you of the key points of the talk –Provide the audience with enough information to interpret graphics Text should NOT be used to: –Distract audience from your words (people will read a new slide before listening to you) –Replace the need for you to talk by having a complete text provided on the slides

17 Summary Be well prepared Aim to impart only a few key points Use common structure for audience – –e.g. title, introduction, methods, results, conclusions Use well prepared visual elements

18 Conclusion Invest time and effort into a quality presentation – –You owe it to your audience – –You owe it to yourself – –Visual elements, slides, and presentations can be reused many times

19 And now … Title Pursuit This activity will help you create active, informative titles Each group will examine the visual elements on a slide and create an appropriate active title

20 Forest Residential Urban Agriculture 14.3% 0.3% 85.5% 28.5% 15.5% 51.6% 0.0% 57.0% 1.2% 4.6% 37.3% 32.8% 2.3% 8.0% 57.0% 4.3% ?

21 The watershed has changed from agriculture to forest and residential Forest Residential Urban Agriculture 14.3% 0.3% 85.5% 28.5% 15.5% 51.6% 0.0% 57.0% 1.2% 4.6% 37.3% 32.8% 2.3% 8.0% 57.0% 4.3%

22 St. Martin River watershed

23 Land use in the St. Martin River watershed is mostly cropland and forest St. Martin River watershed


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