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Giving Conference Presentations. Kevin Eric De Pew February 15, 2004 ODU English. Presentation Overview. Why Present? The Presentation Texts Giving the Presentation Designing the Presentation. Why Present?. Opportunity to go to Conferences exposure to current scholarship - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Giving Conference PresentationsKevin Eric De PewFebruary 15, 2004ODU English

  • Presentation OverviewWhy Present?The Presentation TextsGiving the PresentationDesigning the Presentation

  • Why Present?Opportunity to go to Conferencesexposure to current scholarshipmeet new peoplestart collaborationsDevelop professional identityGet feedback

  • Presentation TextsThe call for papers (CFP)Your response to the CFPThe conference paperHandouts (optional)PowerPoint (optional)

  • The Call For PapersRead it carefully Identify the theme Highlight buzz words Pay attention to the due date and word lengths

  • Your Response to the CFPThe Genrestate problemexplain response (mini-literature review)describe presentation (briefly)Determine media of submission snail mail Electronic

  • The Conference Paper20 minutes 8 pages, double-spaced; 10 - 15 slidesGenre Problem: purpose of presentationFrame: connection to conversation Response: solution to problem, examplesFocus determined by audienceSave some details for Q&A

  • HandoutsGives your audience an artifact of your presentation; can includeyour contact informationyour abstractreferencesIllustrations or examplessuggestionsspace for notesUse CRAP for design

  • PowerPoint PresentationHelps you to present extemporaneously, but maintain focusOrganizationstructured looseEffect orientation distractionMore on PPT later

  • Giving PresentationsConference Presentation Etiquette Reading vs. SpeakingThe Physical Presentation

  • Presentation EtiquetteDO NOTexceed your time limitgive a different paperbe unorganizedDOshow confidence in your workknow your material be respectful

  • Reading vs. SpeakingKnow the cultureReadingA: helps to keep you organized, on-taskD: often prevents eye contact, loss of ethosSpeakingA: demonstrates knowledge in materialD: can appear unorganized

  • Physical PresentationPay attention to your location; especially if using a screen for PPTMake eye contactDo not talk to the screen or paper; point to text when appropriateIf using PPT; do not read slides, but use them to organize your talk

  • Designing PPT Presentations The way that each slide looks affects how the audience receives informationTherefore, pay attention toFontsColorSpecial EffectsImagesRepetition

  • FontsMake slide titles stand with a larger font and/or different colorUse large font size for text; it should be large enough to fit six to eight words across the screenUse sans serif font (Arial); if text heavy, use serif (Times)

  • ColorMake a strong contrast between background and textUse a dark text with a light backgroundUse a light text with a dark backgroundUse a color scheme that coordinatesIf possible, check color projection prior to presentation

  • Special EffectsPower Point allows you to include special effectsUse appropriately and rhetoricallyYou are not making the next Star Wars movie

  • ImagesUse images to help make your pointYou can import images from other sources Adjust the size and placement of image box and text boxClip Art can be considered unprofessional

  • Use CRAPDifferent types of ContrastRepeat slide design throughout the entire presentation Create hierarchies with AlignmentPlace similar elements in the same ProximityThis will orient your listener

  • AppropriatenessUse appropriate backgrounds, images, and special effects for your presentationDiscuss one issue per slideUse as little text as possiblelong passagesdo not place entire quote on slidesexcerpt, verbalize, or place in handout

  • Giving PresentationsWhy Present?The Presentation TextsGiving the PresentationDesigning the Presentation