Oral Presentation Tips. S. Lambert and R. Fraser ME100 September 2006. Objective. The objective of this presentation is to provide guidance on oral presentation structure and content for students in ME100. Introduction.
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Oral Presentation Tips S. Lambert and R. Fraser ME100 September 2006
Objective • The objective of this presentation is to provide guidance on oral presentation structure and content for students in ME100.
Introduction • All students in ME100 are required to make two oral presentations of 4-5 minutes in length • Topics will be assigned the previous week, and will provide background for course assignments • Students are responsible for material presented by other students for the purposes of the quizzes • Presentations will be • Prepared using MS PowerPoint (~5-7 slides) • Printed to overheads for actual presentation • Submitted electronically in UW-ACE
Presentation Structure • Title Slide • Must contain title, presenter’s name, and date • Objective Slide • The second slide must state the presentation objective • Outline Slide • Not necessary for short presentations • Content Slides • Conclusions
Presentation Principles • Have a clear objective • The objective is not the same as the topic • Know the audience, and tailor the presentation to the right level • Provide an adequate introduction so the audience can understand the context • Minimize text • Use point form (with sub-points) and figures
Communication Models • CMAPP: Context; Message; Audience; Purpose (why); Product (“shape” of communication) • AMMA: Attention getting; Meaningful; Memorable; Activating • KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid (or Short and Simple) • ABC: Accuracy; Brevity; Clarity • CAP: Concise; Accessible; Precise • CFF: Content; Form; Format • 5WH: Who; What; When; Where; Why; How
PowerPoint Tips • Start by using the standard PowerPoint layouts • Use simple slide design • Not too flashy, busy or colourful • Use figures, photos and sketches effectively, and physical demonstrations wherever possible • “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a prototype is worth a thousand pictures”, Jim Baleshta, ME100 • Properly reference any figures used (and quotations) • More help: Google “PowerPoint 2003 Tips” • Two views of PowerPoint: • http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt1.html • http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt2.html
Conclusions • Have a clear objective, suited to topic and audience • Use a brief introduction to provide context • Use clear, well structured slide design • Consider communication models, for example: • AMMA: Attention getting; Meaningful; Memorable; Activating