Winning Presentations Jim Lidstone Georgia College & State University Department of HPER
Oral Presentation Tips • Usually have 15 minutes • Allot 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions • Use audio-visuals to supplement the presentation and employ the latest technology if available • Determine what is most important to say • Don’t read to your audience!!!! • Practice, practice, practice (time yourself)
Parts of the Presentation • Introduction (tell them what you are going to tell them) • Body of the presentation (tell them) • Conclusions (tell them what you told them) • Clear ending point • Creative ways to invite questions
Keys to Effective Presentations • K.I.S.S. • Use pictures & graphs • Size matters • Don’t overuse animation and sounds • Light lettering on dark background
Size Does Matter • This is 12 point • This is 18 point • This is 24 point • This is 28 point • This is 36 point • This is 48 point • This is 60 point
Animation and Sounds can Detract from Your Message • Some sounds can be downright annoying • For example: • Breaking glass • Lazer • Drive by • Screeching brakes
Contrast is Everything • In dark rooms, use light lettering on dark backgrounds • In light rooms, use dark lettering on light backgrounds • Whatever you pick for a background, you should have good contrast
Light Background, Dark Type • Which do you like better? • Black? • Blue? • Orange? • Red? • Yellow? • White?
Dark Background, Light Type • Which do you like better? • Black? • Blue? • Orange? • Red? • Yellow? • White?
In Conclusion • Determine what is most important to say • Don’t read to the audience! • Practice your presentation • Supplement the oral presentation with effective visuals • Use pictures and graphs • Don’t overuse animation and sound • Have a definitive conclusion
Tips for Poster Presentations • Know how much space is available (exact dimensions) • Bring what you need to attach your materials to the wall or poster board (even if they say it will be supplied) • Mount your posters on contrasting backgrounds • Use figures and graphs where possible (a picture is worth a thousand words) • Use large lettering for all text, numbers and labels