Guidelines for an Effective Presentation
Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em,
then tell 'em,
then tell 'em what you've told 'em.
- Devices for shaping a presentation in an effective perspective
- An informative title indicates the scope of the presentation.
- In introduction "zoom in" to the topic. At the end, "zoom out."
- Identify underlying questions that presentation seeks to address
(for long talk, divide questions into hierarchy of subquestions);
presentation is a series of answers to these questions.
- The mainstream of the talk should address a single focus issue,
tuned to the interest of the audience.
- Omit information not directly relevant to presentation's focus
- Keep sidetracks brief and always return to the same point.
- Avoid backtracking.
- Statements--constituting the mainstream of the presentation--should
delineate a clear, logical line of thought.
- Unambiguously formulate scientific concepts and methodology.
- Avoid professional jargon.
- End the presentation with a clearly formulated, concise conclusion.
When this take-home message has been delivered, stop!
communicate with your audience -- articulation and
eye contact -- convey enthusiasm about your work.