L542 Preparation of Presentations
Basic Steps to Prepare
Read the article.
Decide about the most important
Search for and study additional
Design the structure of the
Design powerpoint slides or
webpages that illustrate what you want to say (see Design
Share with us your 'favourite
sentence' of the article.
Use office hours to discuss
Practice the talk.
Give the talk (15mins + 5 mins
discussion) - provide handouts if you like.
Create a pdf file or webpage
that provides an overview of the main points made in your talk and gives
a summary of the class discussion. Make sure you link to provide
a link to your talk from your L542 home page so that others can acccess
Submit the pdf file or link
to resulting webpage via the handin web page at
no later than 3 weeks after your talk.
Preparation of Slides or
Plan and define the message
of your slides carefully.
Choose a presentation style
your audience identifies with.
Determine what kind of layout
design best fits your message.
Use simple, short sentences
to make your point.
Replace slide text with a visual
object whenever possible.
Provide just the necessary information
in your visual.
Use contrasting colors for the
background and text of your slides so they are easy to read.
Build text and objects to highlight
Feel free to select whatever
software you feel comfortable with to prepare the presentation.
Make sure that your talk
has a title (usually the paper title and author), provide information about
who gives the talk and on which date, introduce the structure of the talk
(contents), a brief introduction, experimental detail (if available), results,
conclusion, and a set of discussion points. In addition, share with us
your 'favourite sentence' of the article.
Guard against overloading
the slides/webpage with too much information. It is better to simplify
and create a series of slides/webpages. Horizontal slides/webpages allow
for better audience viewing than vertical ones.
Please request video equipment
not later than one week before the presentation.
Presentations will be graded
Further Tips (by Richard
Quality of talk organization/oral
presentation (unclear/unorganized ...clear/well organized)
Choice of content/data source(s)
provided (irrelevant/insufficient .. relevant/sufficient)
(ungrounded ... wellgrounded)
Design of presentation slides
(inappropriate .. appropriate) see Design Tips
Technical Presentations: Basic
Rules for Success
Technical Presentations: Entertain
Technical Presentations: Making
Visual Aids Work
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