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  1. Giving Conference Presentations Kevin Eric De Pew February 15, 2004 ODU English

  2. Presentation Overview • Why Present? • The Presentation Texts • Giving the Presentation • Designing the Presentation

  3. Why Present? • Opportunity to go to Conferences • exposure to current scholarship • meet new people • start collaborations • Develop professional identity • Get feedback

  4. Presentation Texts • The call for papers (CFP) • Your response to the CFP • The conference paper • Handouts (optional) • PowerPoint (optional)

  5. The Call For Papers • Read it carefully • Identify the theme • Highlight buzz words • Pay attention to the due date and word lengths

  6. Your Response to the CFP • The Genre • state problem • explain response (mini-literature review) • describe presentation (briefly) • Determine media of submission • snail mail • Electronic

  7. The Conference Paper • 20 minutes • 8 pages, double-spaced; 10 - 15 slides • Genre • Problem: purpose of presentation • Frame: connection to conversation • Response: solution to problem, examples • Focus determined by audience • Save some details for Q&A

  8. Handouts • Gives your audience an artifact of your presentation; can include… • your contact information • your abstract • references • Illustrations or examples • suggestions • space for notes • Use CRAP for design

  9. PowerPoint Presentation • Helps you to present extemporaneously, but maintain focus • Organization • structured  loose • Effect • orientation  distraction • More on PPT later…

  10. Giving Presentations • Conference Presentation Etiquette • Reading vs. Speaking • The Physical Presentation

  11. Presentation Etiquette • DO NOT… • exceed your time limit • give a different paper • be unorganized • DO… • show confidence in your work • know your material • be respectful

  12. Reading vs. Speaking • Know the culture • Reading • A: helps to keep you organized, on-task • D: often prevents eye contact, loss of ethos • Speaking • A: demonstrates knowledge in material • D: can appear unorganized

  13. Physical Presentation • Pay attention to your location; especially if using a screen for PPT • Make eye contact • Do not talk to the screen or paper; point to text when appropriate • If using PPT; do not read slides, but use them to organize your talk

  14. Designing PPT Presentations • The way that each slide looks affects how the audience receives information • Therefore, pay attention to • Fonts • Color • Special Effects • Images • Repetition

  15. Fonts • Make slide titles stand with a larger font and/or different color • Use large font size for text; it should be large enough to fit six to eight words across the screen • Use sans serif font (Arial); if text heavy, use serif (Times)

  16. Color • Make a strong contrast between background and text • Use a dark text with a light background • Use a light text with a dark background • Use a color scheme that coordinates • If possible, check color projection prior to presentation

  17. Special Effects • Power Point allows you to include special effects • Use appropriately and rhetorically • You are not making the next Star Wars movie

  18. Images • Use images to help make your point • You can import images from other sources • Adjust the size and placement of image box and text box • Clip Art can be considered unprofessional

  19. Use CRAP • Different types of Contrast • Repeat slide design throughout the entire presentation • Create hierarchies with Alignment • Place similar elements in the same Proximity • This will orient your listener

  20. Appropriateness • Use appropriate backgrounds, images, and special effects for your presentation • Discuss one issue per slide • Use as little text as possible • long passages • do not place entire quote on slides • excerpt, verbalize, or place in handout

  21. Giving Presentations • Why Present? • The Presentation Texts • Giving the Presentation • Designing the Presentation