When presenting research results, at an ACS national meeting or any forums, a few tips from veteran presenters may come in handy.
- A 20 minute time slot means a 15 minute talk
- 7-10 slides are appropriate for a 20 minute time slot
- Watch the use of color (some colors on black are difficult to read)
- Practice with the laptop ahead of time, especially if you are using a borrowed machine
- Be sure to have a back-up with you - hard copy, overheads, a keychain USB drive
- Arrive at your session room early and introduce yourself to the session chair
- Practice hooking up your laptop before the session
- Speak up so people can hear you
- Keep an eye on the session chair, who will signal when your time is about to end
- Acknowledgements should be short
- Don't switch between the LCD projector and the overhead projector more than once
For more tips, start with the following web sites:
How not to give a presentation - http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/321/7276/1570 (Requires Registration)
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