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Impactful Presentations for Conferences and Job Interviews. Overview. Good vs bad presentations – attributes Main considerations – key message, audience, timing, visual aids & handouts Planning and pre-presentation tips Giving the presentation and handling questions

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overview
Overview
  • Good vs bad presentations – attributes
  • Main considerations – key message, audience, timing, visual aids & handouts
  • Planning and pre-presentation tips
  • Giving the presentation and handling questions
  • Practice presentations (5 minutes each)
getting off to a good start things to consider in planning
Getting off to a good start –things to consider in planning
  • Decide on the key message
  • Consider your target audience
  • Think about timing
  • Where will you be presenting?
  • Will you use visual aids & handouts?
  • How will you handle questions?
key message
Key message
  • What key message do you want to communicate?
  • One message – the rest is elaboration
  • Ensure a logical structure – from introduction through body to conclusion
  • Tailor to your audience – language, level of content, scope/depth
audience
Audience
  • Conference papers – discipline-specific specialists or generalists
  • Poster sessions – Anyone in the venue: academics, publishers, students…
  • Job market presentations – Few people, mix of specialists and generalists
  • Content and language should be tailored to audience
timing
Timing
  • Conference papers – determined by panel chair, generally 20-30 minutes
  • Job market presentations – generally 10-20 minutes, very strict time limit
  • Poster sessions – Flexible time limit for speaking to passers-by or variable-size groups
visual aids handouts
Visual aids & handouts
  • Will visual aids & handouts help communicate message better?
  • If so:
    • Be careful how many you use (1:3 rule)
    • Don’t over-design your slide template
    • Use handouts for detailed information
  • Recommended for job market papers
  • Single-page for poster presentations
communicating effectively
Communicating effectively
  • Grab attention – why should we listen to you?
  • Start with summary – the key message
  • Most important information first – don’t build up to it
  • Don’t try to cover too much (3-point rule)
  • Summarise key points at the end
practice
Practice
  • Plan, prepare then practice!
  • Timing
  • Using visual aids and other tools
  • Flow
  • Does it achieve what you want it to
  • Front of mirror, practice partner/s, video
pre presentation tips
Pre-presentation tips
  • Prepare for contingencies (email, memory stick, OHPs, handouts)
  • Arrive in plenty of time
  • Familiarise yourself with any equipment
  • Ask for changes to room/equipment if needed
giving the presentation
Giving the presentation
  • Introduce yourself
  • Start strong
  • Eye contact
  • Voice - volume, tone and variation
  • Energy but no fidgeting
  • Finish strong
handling questions
Handling questions
  • For multi-part questions, jot down key words to remind you what they asked – but LISTEN
  • Make a note to remind yourself of what to say in response
  • Don’t see questions as criticisms. Keep calm, respond positively
  • Try to anticipate (and encourage) questions and prepare for them
now lets try it
Now lets try it!
  • Groups of up to 6
  • 5-minute presentations and feedback
  • Suggestions ON feedback:
    • Balance negative with positive comments
    • Use examples to illustrate points made
    • Learn lessons from others by personalising feedback from others’ talks
to summarise
To summarise…….
  • What have we learnt?
  • What will you do to build on this session?
  • Any unanswered questions?
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