Guidelines for an Effective Presentation

                              Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em,
                                   then tell 'em,
                                        then tell 'em what you've told 'em.

  1. Devices for shaping a presentation in an effective perspective
  2. 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.
  3. The mainstream of the talk should address a single focus issue, tuned to the interest of the audience.
  4. Statements--constituting the mainstream of the presentation--should delineate a clear, logical line of thought.
  5. End the presentation with a clearly formulated, concise conclusion. When this take-home message has been delivered, stop!

Most importantly,
          communicate with your audience -- articulation and
          eye contact -- convey enthusiasm about your work.