Yesterday, we presented a seminar workshop on Giving
Presentations: Managing Nervousness and Dealing
with Unexpected Situations.
It is illustrative to skim the the history of poster
presentations learning that they are used to explain
or promote work and often considered of lesser
importance than formal lectures. Let me pose, however,
that posters provide a more intimate conversation in a
informal, win-win way with people who are interested
So audience analysis is one of the first things to
engage in after informal personal introductions.
Assess quickly details about your listeners AUDIENCE
In fact, it should be possible to deliver the poster
presentation without the poster at all. That is what
we did in our exercise.
POWER POINT AIDED PRESENTATION WITH
A formal checklist aids a presenter in giving a winning
talk. Seeing the room, knowing the availability of
equipment and cordless peripherals, who is in the
audience and testing everything out in advance helps.
Thinking through all that can go awry and having a
back-up ready to go– batteries, memory stick,
copies of slides, pointer and slide advancer.
Voice control, eye contact with a friendly face
and strong confident presence having your first
2 minutes down pat and your conclusion fresh
You should also be able to give a shortened
version of the talk if asked offering the high
The last part of our seminar had the attendees
discuss and come up with what they would do
1. unexpected interruption
2. questions that interrupted the flow
3. sound equipment failures
4. large room few attendees
6. changed length of presentation
7. different attendees than expected.
We also talked about the propriety of
agenda slides in short talks and visibility
of slides and figure labeling.