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CMSC 304 Giving Effective Presentations. Professor Marie desJardins April 16, 2013. Outline. Four rules for all presentations General guidelines for preparing talks Paper presentation guidelines for this class. Rule. # 1. Know what on earth you’re doing up there! - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • CMSC 304Giving Effective PresentationsProfessor Marie desJardins April 16, 20134/16/13*CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    OutlineFour rules for all presentationsGeneral guidelines for preparing talksPaper presentation guidelines for this class

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    RuleKnow what on earth youre doing up there!

    Rule #2: Know what you want to sayRule #3: Know your audienceRule #4: Know how long you have4/16/13CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    Rule #2: Know What You Want to Say4/16/13Your audience wants to hear what your topic is, what your main point is, what you learned that was interesting, and why they should careYou should give enough detail to get your interesting ideas and observations across, but not enough to lose your audienceExamples are very useful to illustrate your pointsWhatever you do, dont just read your slides!

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    Rule #3: Know Your Audience4/16/13Depending on your audience, you might be able to assume some background or notDepending on the venue, you may need to focus on different aspects of your workThe most important thing is to emphasize, in a way that they will understand and relate to, what your findings are , what your evidence is, and why they(this particular audience) should care!CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    Rule #4: Know How Long You Have4/16/13How long is the talk? Are questions included?A good heuristic is a minute or so per slide...but it depends a lot on the content of those slides!If you have too many slides, youll skip some orworserush desperately to finish. Avoid this temptation!! Almost by definition, you never have time to say everything about your topic, so dont worry about skipping some things!Unless youre very experienced giving talks, you should practice your timingCMSC 304 - Presentations

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    Slideology 101Dont just read your slides!Use the minimum amount of text necessaryUse examples and visuals (images, graphs, diagrams)Use a readable, simple, yet elegant formatUse color to emphasize important points, but avoid the excessive use of colorHiding bullets like this is annoying (but sometimes effective), but

    Dont fidget, andDont just read your slides!

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    How to Give a Bad TalkAdvice from Dave Patterson, summarized by Mark HillThou shalt not be neatThou shalt not waste spaceThou shalt not covet brevityThou shalt cover thy naked slidesThou shalt not write largeThou shalt not use colorThou shalt not illustrateThou shalt not make eye contactThou shalt not skip slides in a long talkThou shalt not practice4/16/13CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    CMSC 304 Paper PresentationsContent: You should provide a well organized presentation of the area that you studied:What is the topic area?What are the main ethical questions?What is your overall conclusion?What is the evidence and support for this conclusion?You should include all of the main steps of the ethical analysis framework somewhere in your presentationTiming: You should aim for an 8-minute presentationThis works out to (roughly) 8-10 slides(but it depends on how detailed your slides are)I will cut you off if you go too long!There will be a few minutes after each talk for questions4/16/13CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    Paper PresentationsAudience: Your audience consists of your fellow students. (I dont count.)If you selected a topic that we discussed in class this semester, theyll all have some backgroundIf youve selected a different topic, they may know little or nothing about the area4/16/13CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    Giving the PresentationYou may use your own laptop or put the presentation on my laptop or AlecsYou should arrive early the day of your presentation to test your laptop and/or transfer the presentationDraft slides can optionally be sent to me for review, if you want feedback beforehandI will only promise to review and comment on draft slides if they are sent at least 24 hours before your presentation!Practice your presentation, even if its just to yourself, to make sure your timing is correct

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    Audience ParticipationAll students are expected to attend all of the presentationsEveryone should ask a question or make a comment at least once per day (except for the day youre presenting)At the end of each class (except for the day youre presenting), Ill ask you to turn in a short observation reportYou should list three new things that you learned or aspects of the presentations that day that you found interesting. (This doesnt have to be an essay, but it should be a sentence or two that is grammatically correct and complete.)You may also include comments or thoughts about the effectiveness of the presentations (things that you thought worked or didnt work). (I wont share these with the other students, though I may work them into my own feedback if I agree with your comments)4/16/13CMSC 304 - Presentations

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    Grading and FeedbackIll use a review form (which Ill post in advance) to rate your presentation on various aspectsI will also typically provide some written feedback (comments)Your grade will be based on:Your level of preparationThe clarity of your presentationThe timing of your presentation4/16/13CMSC 304 - Presentations

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