Effective Mechanical Engineering Presentations Denny Coon Feb. 20, 2002 9 words Important? Characteristics Visuals Mechanics On-line Resources 10 Commandments Summary Effective Mechanical Engineering Presentations 28 words Why Give an Effective Presentation?
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Feb. 20, 2002
Good Oral Presentation Skills
UW ME Educational Objective
If audience is concentrating too hard on the visuals, they sometimes miss the message that you are trying to convey
To many lines in the visual cause the audience to experience confusion – no more than 7 lines per slide
Long strings of text can cause visual overload - No more than 7 words per line
Generally, text elements can be simplified dramatically. If you combine verbal discussion with visual elements, this simplification does not result in loss of message - Bullets and Keywords
Rapidly progressing through the visuals can result in delayed processing of your message. It is always preferred to keep the audience in sync with your discussion - No faster than 1 minute per slideKey Elements of VisualsAmount of Information
6) Thou shalt not use color
7) Thou shalt not illustrate
8) Thou shalt not make eye contact
9) Thou shalt not skip slides
10) Thou shalt not practice