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.
State the hypothesis and purpose of your research.
Describe your methods of investigation.
Include data collected and what was learned.
Give conclusions based on the collected data.
Emphasize the significance and highlights of the research.
Shape Your Presentation
Prepare notes that highlight the salient points of your talk.
Practice the delivery of your talk, along with your slide sequence. Be sure your talk fits the time allotted.
Use simple sentences. Avoid jargon, highly specialized vocabulary, and unfamiliar abbreviations.
Think about questions you might be asked, and prepare your answers. Be mindful of the limited time for Q&A.
Audiovisuals should amplify your talk, not duplicate it.
Do not include music or film clips or other copyrighted content with your presentation unless it is directly relevant to your research. If you must include music, film clips, or similar content, please ensure that it is either open source or conent for which you have copyright permissions to use. Please review the details on the speaker logistics page.
Optimally display your work—don't use words if a picture conveys it more clearly (graphs, tables, charts, etc.).
Use line graphs to show trends; bar graphs to compare magnitudes; pie graphs to demonstrate relative portions of a whole.
Make sure your supporting audiovisuals are concise, uncluttered, and easily read from a distance. We recommend that you use a font of at least eighteen points or larger. This is especially important in presentations to a virtual audience because screen sizes vary by user.