Guidelines for an Effective Presentation

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
    1. An informative title indicates the scope of the presentation.
    2. In the introductory segment "zoom in" to the topic.
      At the end, "zoom out."
    3. Identify underlying questions presentation seeks to address
      (long talk: divide questions into hierarchy of subquestions);
      presentation is a series of answers to these questions.

  2. 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.

  3. Statements -- constituting the mainstream of the presentation -- should delineate a clear, logical line of thought.
    • Unambiguously formulate scientific concepts.
    • Avoid professional jargon.

  4. End presentation with a clearly formulated, concise conclusion.
    When this take-home message has been delivered, stop!
Most importantly,
communicate with your audience
                (articulation & eye contact);
convey enthusiasm about your work.

To cite this page:
Guidelines for an Effective Presentation <http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~wilkins/writing/Handouts/VGs/talkoverview.html>
[Wednesday, 13-Dec-2017 23:17:26 EST]

Edited by: wilkins@mps.ohio-state.edu on Tuesday, 10-Jan-2006 09:07:50 EST