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Making Oral Presentations. Joe Orlins, P.E., Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering Rowan University. Outline. Goals of presentations Elements of good presentations Things to avoid Tips on style Sample presentation. Goals of Presentations. Inform your audience

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Making oral presentations

Making Oral Presentations

Joe Orlins, P.E., Ph.D.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rowan University


Outline
Outline

  • Goals of presentations

  • Elements of good presentations

  • Things to avoid

  • Tips on style

  • Sample presentation


Goals of presentations
Goals of Presentations

  • Inform your audience

    • Tell the world what you’ve discovered!

  • Compare your findings with others

    • Especially important for new research

  • Show your stuff!

    • You may be speaking to future employers

    • Your grade may depend on how well you do


Elements of good presentations
Elements of Good Presentations

  • Clear, legible slides

    • Use large typefaces & simple fonts

    • Bulleted lists summarizing key points

    • 3-6 items per slide

  • 32 Point Times New Roman

    • 28 Point Arial

      • 24 Point Times New Roman


Elements of good presentations1
Elements of Good Presentations

  • Make charts readable

    • Label axes

    • Include legend

    • Use symbols & lines

  • Interpret for audience

    • Describe graph

    • Explain trends


Typical oxygen uptake results
Typical Oxygen Uptake Results

Dissolved Oxygen Concentration vs. Time

Measured Values and Regression Fits

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DO (mg/L)

Near Surface TKE = 4.96 (cm/s)2; KL = 6.9 cm/hr

3.0

Near Surface TKE = 2.75 (cm/s)2; KL = 3.7 cm/hr

2.0

Near Surface TKE = 0.15 (cm/s)2; KL = 1.9 cm/hr

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Time (minutes)

DO-UPW.GRF 12 DEC 97


Elements of good presentations2
Elements of Good Presentations

  • Include pictures

    • Add emphasis

    • Describe key points

  • Check file sizes

    • Too big = slow loading

    • Resolution OK?


Elements of good presentations3
Elements of Good Presentations

  • Good vocalization

    • Speak to the audience

    • Can person in last row hear you?

  • Pace yourself

    • Conversational tone

    • Don’t speed through slides


Elements of good presentations4
Elements of Good Presentations

  • Make eye contact

  • Don’t fidget

  • Use pointer wisely


Elements of good presentations5
Elements of Good Presentations

  • Rehearse your talk

    • Use built-in timer

      • Add or reduce number of slides as time dictates

    • Practice in front of real audience

      • Ask for constructive feedback


Things to avoid
Things to Avoid

  • Cluttered slides

  • Messiness

  • Too much text on slides

  • Tables of raw data

  • Bells & whistles

  • Unreadable colors


Things to avoid1
Things to Avoid

  • Lack of illustrations

  • Rushing through slides to show them all

  • Poor posture & grooming

  • “Ten Commandments of Bad Talks”


Summary
Summary

  • Neat Slides

  • Clear Illustrations

  • Good Vocalization

  • Good Presence

  • Rehearsal !


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