Guidelines for Presenters

Electronic presentations

A Mac laptop computer and projector, and remote control and laser pointer will be available for PowerPoint presentations. Bring your material on a memory stick. An assistant will help you load and test your presentation before the morning or the afternoon session, depending on when you are scheduled.

Minimize or avoid the use of transitions and animations in your presentation. We also encourage you to save a second copy of your presentation in PDF format. If all the information is visible in the PDF, this can be used for a smoother, more accurate display of your slides, or as a backup.

Tips and tricks for a good visual presentation

Oral presentations

Oral presentations

Arrive at the meeting room before the session begins and contact the session chair for last-minute instructions or changes in schedule.

Rehearse your talk before the meeting and be certain that you do not exceed the allotted time.

Speak slowly and audibly and adjust the microphone for your use. Allow time for questions and answers after each talk.

Clearly state your objectives. Conclusions should relate back to them.

Avoid unnecessary detail in the methods. Primarily discuss results and conclusions (unless methodology is the central topic of your study).

A cordless slide advancer with built-in laser pointer will be provided. Use the pointer to refer to items on the screen. If you try to point with a finger, you will obstruct the view and get too far from the microphone to be heard. Be sure to advance slides by pointing at the laptop.

Poster presentations