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)
Provide additional information that you don’t actually have time to say during your oral presentation
Summarize your work and present the key points from it
Not get sidetracked during your presentation
Keep your audience’s attention throughout your presentation
To make sure his oral presentation went smoothly, Fred should have (select all that apply)
Memorized everything he wanted to say during his presentation
Tested out his slides in the classroom a few days before the presentation to see if they were easy to read
Started practicing with Jules an hour before his presentation
Come up with a Plan B in case he couldn’t connect his computer to the projector
You should use illustrations in your slides to: (select all that apply)
Simplify complex or abstract ideas
Make your slides “prettier” and more entertaining
Keep your audience’s attention
Lend credibility to what you say
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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.