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Top tips: preparing for your presentation

Watch this video montage of university researchers giving top tips of things to think about when preparing a presentation about your research.
JON COPLEY: The most important thing, first of all, is to think about the audience.
RUTH BARTLETT: I think it’s really important to remember–
FILIPPO FAZI: –to choose the right words that you want to use when you’re presenting.
DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: Whatever you do, try to keep your audience with you.
LIZ CLUETT: Pick out the highlights and go with those.
RUTH BARTLETT: To communicate your research back to the people who you’ve done the research with.
WILL JENNINGS: To have a clear message that you want to communicate.
DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: Try to maintain an eye contact.
DAVID READ: Secondly, I would say, keep your slides relatively free of text.
RUTH BARTLETT: In a way that anyone can understand.
LIZ CLUETT: Concise is always better.
DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: So be consistent. Be consistent when it comes to font, when it comes to layout. And definitely, less is more.
WILL JENNINGS: Often with a research project, there are so many different findings and so many different nuances.
LIZ CLUETT: People don’t want to sit there and be bored. They want the highlights.
FILIPPO FAZI: And then it is very important, as a third point–
DAVID READ: I would say practise in front of an audience.
RUTH BARTLETT: So that might be, you know, communities and groups of people.
LIZ CLUETT: Because they can then ask questions.
FILIPPO FAZI: Be very effective with your time.
JON COPLEY: From that, you can then understand what knowledge they already have or don’t have about your topic.
DAVID READ: Then ask them to be sort of critically supportive or evaluative of what you’ve done.
LIZ CLUETT: And then, whatever you decide–
WILL JENNINGS: You need people to take away one takeaway message they’ll remember for the day, for the week, for the months ahead.
JON COPLEY: Then it will be effortless for them to absorb the information that you’re reporting.
FILIPPO FAZI: Say what you really need to say. Don’t dwell too much on detail. But at the end, people must say, oh wow, I really understood it. And that’s a great piece of work.

Our university researchers give their top tips of things to think about when preparing for your presentation.

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