2 Outline Opening remarks Presentation organization Visual aids Timing Summary
3 Opening remarks Many scientists give poor presentations First, determine ideas you want to conveyTime is generally short so you must be efficientAudience background?Speak clearly and directlyPresentation as performanceLimit jokes, side comments, “ums”, “ahs”, and “OK’s”Look at the audienceRehearse!
4 Organization Begin with an outline Provide motivation for topic Summarize experimental approachPresent resultsDiscuss results and their implicationsSummarize
5 Visual aids - I Text 36 Text 28 Minimize text Keep text legible < 8 bullets per pageNo long sentencesKeep text legible> 20 pt desirableDark text on light background or reverseLimit animationUse tables sparingly and keep them simpleText 36Text 28Text 24Text 20Text 16Text 12Text 10
6 Visual aids - II Figure guidelines Explain your figures Simpler is betterKeep text legibleChoose strongly contrasting colorsInclude error infoDon’t use Excel defaults!Explain your figuresLimit number of figures
7 Timing Time allotted for presentation and questions AT560: minutesAllow ~ minutes per slideAllocate time in proportion to topic’s importanceRehearse at least twice for timingSimplify or remove slides to adjust timingSleep on it
8 Summary Remind audience of important findings and their implications Use brief bulleted pointsPoint out next steps (if appropriate)Acknowledge assistance (if not done earlier)
9 AT560 presentations 20-25 minute presentations (+ questions) Major basis for project gradeContentStyle and clarityTimingMonday: Rena and BrianWednesday: Everyone else