Delivering a presentation – a live ‘performance’ in front of an audience – can be frightening. However, presenting your work and handling questions effectively is a great opportunity to increase your profile within the scientific community. Good use of your voice and body language and good-looking visual aids such as Microsoft PowerPoint slides are clearly important. But so too are good preparation, an ability to deal with unforeseen equipment problems and dealing with presentation nerves.
- being prepared to present – knowing your audience, logistics, getting resources together
- handling equipment and the physical environment
- rehearsing and keeping to time
- handling presentation nerves
- dealing with questions and difficult people
- effective use of voice and body language
- guidelines on producing a strong introduction, flowing content and memorable conclusion
- designing clear, relevant, attractive and professional-looking slides.
Courses are supplemented by:
- informal group presentations
- videos of expert presenters
- individual presentations with trainer feedback
- demonstration of good vs. poor slide design
- use of video for personal feedback
- personal presentation improvement workshop
- slide formatting workshop.