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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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Important?

Characteristics

Visuals

Mechanics

On-line Resources

10 Commandments

Summary

Effective Mechanical Engineering Presentations

28 words

why give an effective presentation
Why Give an Effective Presentation?

Good Oral Presentation Skills

  • Can be learned by anyone
  • Will reflect positively on speaker

UW ME Educational Objective

  • Solve open ended problems
  • Effectively communicate the solution

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important presentation characteristics
Purpose

Message?

Audience

Their level and interests

Make it interesting!

Approach

Agree with message

Time Limit

Important Presentation Characteristics

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Purpose

Message?

Audience

Their level and interests

Make it interesting!

Approach

Agree with message

Time Limit

Important Presentation Characteristics

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key elements of visuals
Key Elements of Visuals
  • Organization
  • Background & Color
  • Font
  • Amount of Information
  • Graphics

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key elements of visuals organization
The rule of Tell’em

Tell’em what you’re going to tell’em

Tell’em

Tell’em what you just told’em

Logical flow

Title

Outline & Intro

Details

Summary

Key Elements of VisualsOrganization

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key elements of visuals background color
Contrasting Colors

Clear and clean text

Dark background with light text

Avoid nauseating combinations

Avoid pastels – wash out on projection

Key Elements of VisualsBackground & Color

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key elements of visuals font
No more than 2 font types

Use bold and Italic strategically

Able to read from back row

Font size proportional to importance

Key Elements of VisualsFont

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key elements of visuals amount of information
KISS

No more than 7 lines per slide

No more than 7 words per line

Bullets and Keywords

No faster than 1 minute per slide

Key Elements of VisualsAmount of Information

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Keep it Simple Stupid! – KISS

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 slide

Key Elements of VisualsAmount of Information

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key elements of visuals graphics
Don’t assume the audience understands graphic

Explainkey elements (symbols, axes, etc.)

Explainthe significance

PowerPoint effects

Key Elements of VisualsGraphics

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presentation mechanics
Dress

Mannerisms

You are the expert!

Don’t read slides

Don’t read notes

Eye Contact

Avoid Laser Light Shows!

Learn to mask nerves

Presentation Mechanics

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on line resources
On-Line Resources
  • Important Design Concepts (Psychology Department – Columbia University)
  • Creating Effective Presentations (University of South Dakota)
  • Effective Presentations (Office of Sponsored Research – UCLA)
  • Guidelines for Presentations (American Water Works Association)
  • Guidelines for Presentations (American Society of Primatologists)

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On-Line Resources
  • Presentation Tips (Physics Department – Rice University)
  • Effective Oral Presentations (Business Administration – Northeastern University
  • Making Effective Presentations (Western Association for Art Conservation – Stanford University)
  • How to Give a Bad Talk! (Computer Science Department – University of Wisconsin)

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10 commandments of a bad talk
10 Commandments of a Bad Talk
  • Thou shalt not be neat
  • Thou shalt not waste space
  • Thou shalt not covet brevity
  • Thou shalt cover thy naked slides
  • Thou shalt not write large

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10 Commandments of a Bad Talk

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

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effective presentations summary
Importance

Characteristics

Visuals

Mechanics

On-line Resources

10 Commandments

Effective PresentationsSummary

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