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Making Oral Presentations. Joe Orlins, P.E., Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering Rowan University. Outline. Goals of presentations Elements of good presentations Things to avoid Tips on style Sample presentation. Goals of Presentations. Inform your audience

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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 !