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