Objectives • To explain and demonstrate practices that will help you create effective oral presentations • To provide you with some useful tips to help reduce any anxiety you have about giving oral presentations
Presentation Day Info • PsycSMP Symposium in GH on Dec 7 & April 29 • Schedule • Support your peers!!! • PPT file deadline • Invite people to attend!! • Handouts?
Writing Your Presentation • What NOT to do • Extemporaneous presentations • Presentations as written papers • What TO do • Present a subset of your work • Write to your time limit • Practice • Using visual aids
Making Your Presentation • Less is more • Short points
Making Your Presentation • Statistical data • Needless details
Structured Format • Meaningful Titles • Optional: Overview • Meaningful Sections
Structured Format Cont. • Outline Format • Fancy Stuff • Sequence
Font Type & Size • Don't sacrifice readability for style! 48 pt 32 pt 28 pt 24 pt 14 pt (NO!!!!!!!!) 36 pt Arial 36 pt Calibri 36 pt Times 36 pt Georgia 36 pt Comic Sans • Main headings • First • Second
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Helpful PowerPoint™ Features • Custom Animation • Chart Effects • Sounds
Charts/Graphs • Choosing types • Titles Bad, Standard Error Bars Good! • Colors and fill effects • Clear and meaningful labels Example
Preparing to Present Your Work • Practice, practice, practice! • Arrive on time • Look professional • Note the time
Presenting Your Work • Speaking to People • Face your audience • Project your voice • Speak from your slides • Revealing information • Explain vs. tell • Meet the audience • Watch the time
Answering questions and defending your work • Anticipating questions • Listening to your audience • Maintain control over your audience
Slide Structure - Bad • This page contains too many words for a presentation slide. It is not written in point form, making it difficult both for your audience to read and for you to present each point. Although there are exactly the same number of points on this slide as covered on the previous slide, it looks much more complicated. In short, your audience will spend too much time trying to read this paragraph instead of listening to you.