Speaker Tips & Guidelines

Organize Your Research

Step back from the details of your research and think about what your audience might like to learn from your work. Keep it simple—remember, less is more.

  1. State the hypothesis and purpose of your research.
  2. Describe your methods of investigation.
  3. Include data collected and what was learned.
  4. Give conclusions based on the collected data.
  5. Emphasize the significance and highlights of the research.

Shape Your Presentation

  1. Prepare notes that highlight the salient points of your talk.
  2. Practice the delivery of your talk, along with your slide sequence. Be sure your talk fits the time allotted.
  3. Use simple sentences. Avoid jargon, highly specialized vocabulary, and unfamiliar abbreviations.
  4. Think about questions you might be asked, and prepare your answers. Be mindful of the limited time for Q&A.
  5. Audiovisuals should amplify your talk, not duplicate it.
  6. Optimally display your work—don't use words if a picture conveys it more clearly (graphs, tables, charts, etc.).
  7. Use line graphs to show trends; bar graphs to compare magnitudes; pie graphs to demonstrate relative portions of a whole.
  8. Make sure your supporting audiovisuals are concise, uncluttered, and easily read from a distance.
  9. Read Logistics for Oral Presenters for a list of provided AV equipment and its use.
  10. Request special AV equipment early or it may not be available. You will have to pay for special equipment.

Gray arrow For AV policies and tips, see Logistics for Oral Presenters.

Be Prepared at the Meeting

  1. Check the online program to see if there are any changes in your session.
  2. If using a laptop or projector, read Logistics for Oral Presenters to know what to expect in your session. 
    Note: the APS April Meeting uses a different presentation system. See April presenter information.
  3. Check the program changes board at the Registration Desk to confirm your presentation time has not changed.
  4. If possible, arrive at your session 10 minutes early to set up and introduce yourself to the Session Chair.
  5. Stop your presentation when signaled by the Chair to do so.
  6. Retrieve your audiovisuals at the end of your talk.