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  1. Making Oral Presentations Joe Orlins, P.E., Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering Rowan University

  2. Outline • Goals of presentations • Elements of good presentations • Things to avoid • Tips on style • Sample presentation

  3. Goals of Presentations • Inform your audience • Tell the world what you’ve discovered! • Compare your findings with others • Especially important for new research • Show your stuff! • You may be speaking to future employers • Your grade may depend on how well you do

  4. Elements of Good Presentations • Clear, legible slides • Use large typefaces & simple fonts • Bulleted lists summarizing key points • 3-6 items per slide • 32 Point Times New Roman • 28 Point Arial • 24 Point Times New Roman

  5. Elements of Good Presentations • Make charts readable • Label axes • Include legend • Use symbols & lines • Interpret for audience • Describe graph • Explain trends

  6. Typical Oxygen Uptake Results Dissolved Oxygen Concentration vs. Time Measured Values and Regression Fits 8.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 DO (mg/L) Near Surface TKE = 4.96 (cm/s)2; KL = 6.9 cm/hr 3.0 Near Surface TKE = 2.75 (cm/s)2; KL = 3.7 cm/hr 2.0 Near Surface TKE = 0.15 (cm/s)2; KL = 1.9 cm/hr 1.0 0.0 0 240 480 720 960 1200 1440 1680 1920 2160 2400 2640 2880 3120 3360 3600 3840 Time (minutes) DO-UPW.GRF 12 DEC 97

  7. Elements of Good Presentations • Include pictures • Add emphasis • Describe key points • Check file sizes • Too big = slow loading • Resolution OK?

  8. Elements of Good Presentations • Good vocalization • Speak to the audience • Can person in last row hear you? • Pace yourself • Conversational tone • Don’t speed through slides

  9. Elements of Good Presentations • Make eye contact • Don’t fidget • Use pointer wisely

  10. Elements of Good Presentations • Rehearse your talk • Use built-in timer • Add or reduce number of slides as time dictates • Practice in front of real audience • Ask for constructive feedback

  11. Things to Avoid • Cluttered slides • Messiness • Too much text on slides • Tables of raw data • Bells & whistles • Unreadable colors

  12. Things to Avoid • Lack of illustrations • Rushing through slides to show them all • Poor posture & grooming • “Ten Commandments of Bad Talks”

  13. Summary • Neat Slides • Clear Illustrations • Good Vocalization • Good Presence • Rehearsal !