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Presentations: The Art of the Stand-Out Talk by Chris McKitterick Preparing Presentations Audience. Analyze the speaking situation. Use effective and appropriate organization. Choose effective language: Concise and clear. Outline or note cards. Prepare presentation graphics.

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Presentations:The Art of the Stand-Out Talk

by Chris McKitterick


Preparing Presentations

  • Audience.

  • Analyze the speaking situation.

  • Use effective and appropriate organization.

  • Choose effective language: Concise and clear.

  • Outline or note cards.

  • Prepare presentation graphics.

  • Put together the slide show or posters.

  • Rehearse. Use others interested in topic; peer-review opportunity.

  • Prepare for the unexpected and questions.


Presentation Design

  • Templates.

  • Slide construction.

  • Graphics, movies, music, and so on.

  • Animated slides.

  • Graphics, movies, music, and so on.

  • Transitions.

  • How much content per slide?


Giving Presentations

  • Introduce yourself and the presentation.

  • Provide an agenda or overview.

  • Control your voice: volume, speed, pitch, pronunciation, and verbal crutches.

  • Don’t read slides – use as notes.

  • Maintain eye contact.

  • Avoid distracting mannerisms.

  • Announce the presentation’s conclusion.

  • Address the audience's questions.


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Involve the audience

  • People are more interested in their own concerns than in yours.

  • Talk to the audience about their problems and their solutions.

  • In the introduction, establish a link between your topic and the audience's interests.


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Refer to people, not abstractions

  • People remember specifics and concrete information; they forget abstractions.

  • To make a point memorable, describe it in human terms or how it affects actual people.


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Use interesting facts, figures, and quotations

  • Do your research and find interesting information about your subject.

  • A brief quotation from:

    • An authoritative figure in the field.

    • A famous person not generally associated with the field (Abraham Lincoln on waste management).


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Make it relevant

  • What does your topic contribute to your field?

  • Does it address an important topic related to the conference or publication?

  • What is your topic’s significance?


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Emphasize novelty or uniqueness

  • What is new or unique in your topic?

  • Do you present a new concept, perspective, or approach?

  • How broadly might this interest people?

  • How timely is it?

  • How can you make your presentation reflect your subject’s novelty, uniqueness, timeliness, and so on?


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Show how your topic is realistic

  • Can others use this in other contexts?

  • Does it scale up or down?

  • Is it economically, culturally, or geographically dependent?

  • Does your approach solve the stated problems?

  • Is it sustainable?


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Address social impact

  • How broad an effect do the problems or solutions have on people or places?

  • How would they benefit from your solution?

  • Did you consider broader issues such as political, human rights, gender, language, disability, or so on?


Making Your Presentation Stand Out

Look to the future

  • What happens next?

  • If this goes on….

  • If we are fully funded….

  • Recommendations.

  • Requests.


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