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Making Effective Research Slide & Poster Presentations. by: John Scott Green, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM. Helpful Hints for Powerpoint Presentations. Make sure background is in stark contrast to foreground

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Making Effective Research Slide & Poster Presentations


John Scott Green, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM


Helpful Hints for Powerpoint Presentations

  • Make sure background is in stark contrast to foreground
      • Light background - dark foreground works well for 35mm slide projection, especially in a room where the lights cannot be well dimmed
      • Dark background - light foreground works well only when room is totally dark
      • Making background and foreground the same color intensity ruins visibility and hampers "readability"

Helpful Hints for Powerpoint Presentations

  • Bullets, Fonts, and "Readability"
    • Use bulleted "one liners" whenever possible, to set off points
      • Avoid using paragraphs for audience to read (poster exception)
      • When bulleted lists are used and there is so much information in
      • one point or statement that it cannot be contained in one line,
      • indent the next lines at least 2 to 5 spaces.
    • Make sure font is not smaller than18 point
      • this is 18 point Arial font
    • Make sure not to use "exotic" fonts
      • this font cannot be read easily
    • Times Roman orArial fonts are preferred and easily read
      • this is 20 point Times Roman - This is 20 point Arial

Helpful Hints for Powerpoint Presentations

  • Number of Slides / Plates in a Presentation
    • 10 - 15 slides per poster or presentation, no more than 15
      • Time limit on research presentations is usually 15 minutes
      • Poster boards at conferences can usually not hold more than
      • 15 plates (assuming plates are 11" X 14")
    • Do not try to put too much on one slide
      • More slides with less information per slide is better than using
      • small fonts and cramming things onto one slide or plate
    • Consider using large “roll up”posters if appropriate
      • travel considerations

Examples of things not to do

The background and foreground of this slide are of the same color intensity, making the audience squint and strain to read it contents. Also, the points or facts contained on the slide are presented in paragraph form (no bulleted one liners) in a font that is hard to read.

  • this bulleted list is hard to read because:
    • the font and background are of
    • similar color intensities
    • the second line of the bulleted list is
    • not indented to set it off from the next entry

Things to Include in a Research Poster / Slide Presentation

  • Abstract plate(poster presentations only)
    • Make sure that it is the same as the original submission
  • Background and / or Rationale for the study
    • What information exists that leads you to believe that there is there a
    • need for this study - support your idea with citations
  • Purpose - a clearly stated final objective of the study
  • Methods
    • Subjects- clear & detailed description of the study subjects
      • Include all extraneous information that might impact study outcomes
        • If subject selection bias exists, address it in the study
    • Procedures - what was done to whom and when - include dependent measures
    • Instrumentation - description of questionnaires, biochemical assays, etc. used in data collection
    • Statistical analysis methods - consider presenting a power analysis
  • Results - slides depicting numerical / factual discoveries
    • Include graphical and/or tabular representation of means and variability
  • Conclusions
    • Don't overstep your bounds
    • Must answer the questions or problems proposed in the "purpose" slide