Thématique: Writing and communicating
The secret to effective presentation slides
The art of presenting your research
  • Put together a presentation using a visual support
In your oral presentations, you should use slides or other visual aids to: (select all that apply)
To make sure his oral presentation went smoothly, Fred should have: (select all that apply)
You should use illustrations in your slides to: (select all that apply)
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Fred learned the hard way that presentation slides aren’t something that can be thrown together at the last minute.

A powerful visual aid catches the eye and helps your listener follow your presentation. Before you prepare your visual aid, you should:

  1. Define the purpose of your presentation—what is the main point?
  2. Identify the information that is the most important to convey
  3. Make an outline of your presentation

Don’t even think about overloading your slides with too much text or tacky animations. But do:

  • Organize your presentation in a logical manner
  • Choose a plain font and use a big font size (at least 20 pt.)
  • Use a plain background and good color contrast
  • Make sure your graphics are readable

Above all, practice, rehearse and get to class early on the day of your presentation.


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