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  1. Poster Experience What comes to mind when you think of… The BEST posters you’ve seen or made? The WORST posters you’ve seen or made?

  2. Posters Captain Marvel, Jabbathe Hutt, …and Raphael Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH Department of Family Medicine

  3. Key Points Effective posters • …are visually appealing and succinct • …grab and keep the audience’s attention • …communicate information in a digestible manner

  4. Poster Purposes • Provide format for competition • Present original research findings • Summarize scholarly experiences • Spark further discussion and networking

  5. General Guidelines

  6. The “Six Deadly Sins” • Pointless • Repellant • Boring • Verbose • Abandoned • Incomplete

  7. LOW FAT POINTLESS

  8. Substance • Give your audience “meat” • Declare your hypothesis • Make your findings clear

  9. REPELLANT

  10. Showpersonship • Showcase your topic • Use the title to grab your audience • Be visual

  11. BORING

  12. Stimulate • Generate discussion • Provoke debate • Promote collaboration, networking • Encourage new projects, alliances

  13. VERBOSE

  14. Succinct • Straight to the point • Give a gestalt • Keep phrases crisp • Use lists and bullets

  15. ABANDONED

  16. Supported • Be present at designated times • Supply handouts, business cards • Provide sign-up sheet • Consider a “draw”

  17. INCOMPLETE

  18. Summary • Answer your research question • Emphasize topic’s importance • Lead viewer to conclusion • No new information

  19. The “Six Keys for Success” • Substance • Showpersonship • Stimulate • Succinct • Supported • Summary

  20. Practical Pointers

  21. Content • Tailor poster to situation • Know specific requirements

  22. Text • Use phrases/lists • No more than 25 lines • Three columns • Squeeze white space to outside • Spell check

  23. Body • Read from 6 feet • Highlight key points • Avoid too much detail • Be creative • Balance text and graphics

  24. Graphs and Charts

  25. Composition • Aid comprehension • Visually pleasing • Pictures and text as visual unit

  26. Practical Exercise

  27. Presenting Posters

  28. Before the Show • Recheck spelling • Consider transport in design • Be prepared for emergencies • Trial with colleagues • Conform to conference specifications

  29. Presentation Day Tips • Arrive early • Stay for all discussion times • Be courteous to all interested viewers • Have business cards available • Provide further information (handouts) • Bring plenty of hanging materials • HAVE FUN!

  30. Key Points Effective posters • …are visually appealing and succinct • …grab and keep the audience’s attention • …communicate information in a digestible manner