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Title: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations


1
Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior
Platform and Poster Presentations
  • Platform Presentations
  • Ryan E. Casey
  • Towson University

2
So you have to give a presentation.
3
Purpose
  • Battle Plan
  • How to mentally and physically approach giving a
    presentation
  • Get audience to Stop, Look, and Listen

4
Getting Your Audience to Stop, Look, and Listen
  • Know Your Audience
  • Know Your Surroundings
  • Know Your Tools
  • Know Yourself

5
Three Phases of a Presentation
  • Preparation
  • Turning Thoughts into Slides
  • Pre-Game
  • Practice and Gaining Control
  • Presentation
  • Delivery of the Message

6
Preparation
  • Power Question
  • Who is my target audience?
  • Key to presenting
  • Relationship

7
Knowing Your Audience
  • Gives direction as to the
  • the type presentation (formal or informal?)
  • identify time constraints or other limiting
    factors?
  • Design presentation (take home message)

8
Turning Thoughts into Slides
  • Two methods
  • Write a formal paper in speech format
  • Develop an outline
  • In either case, remember the circle

9
Design
  • Think circle.

Intro
Body
Conclusion
10
Knowing Your Tools
  • Slides
  • text, fonts, and colors
  • pictures and animation
  • tables and graphs
  • Your voice

11
Purpose of Slide
  • Reinforce circle design
  • Visual cue for speaker
  • Visual cue for audience
  • Serves as a road map
  • Make the map easy to follow
  • KISS Principle (Keep it Simple )

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Mechanics of Making Slides
  • Dont overload with text
  • Keep points short
  • Highlight important text
  • Fonts are reasonable size!
  • Colors
  • Can be seen clearly and do not clash with
    background

13
Pictures and Animation
  • Illustrate concepts with photographs
  • Description of field sites
  • Laboratory design
  • Be careful not to give a slide show
  • Be creative and use animation

14
vs.
Sorption Isotherm Procedure
Sorption Isotherm Procedure
  • Phosphorus sorption isotherms were generated in
    50 mL centrifuge tubes by equilibrating the
    initial solution with a soil sample.
  • After equilibration, phosphorus was quantified in
    both media

15
Tables and Graphs
  • Great Idea
  • A picture is worth a thousand words
  • Label all items
  • Define Acronyms

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Most Important Slides
  • Title Slide
  • Who are you and where are you from?
  • Who are your co-authors?
  • Topics to Be Discussed
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Thank funding sources
  • Thank technical support personnel

18
Preparation Phase Complete
  • Presentation is written
  • Slides or Overheads are prepared
  • NOW WHAT??

19
Pre-Game Phase
  • 1 Rule Before Presentation
  • Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice,
    Practice, Practice,
  • Practice, Practice,
  • Practice

20
Get to Know YourselfPractice!
  • Timing, pace, volume and tone
  • Using our voice
  • emphasizing important points
  • enunciating
  • Being confident

21
How we say it Vs. Saying it
  • Verbal Element (actual spoken words) - 7
  • Non-Verbal Element (body language) - 38
  • Para-Verbal Element (volume and rate) - 55

22
Practice Out Loud
  • Where to practice?
  • in front of a mirror
  • speaking into a tape recorder
  • at your computer screen
  • to an empty room
  • bribe a friend
  • Practice at least 3 times. No Less.

23
Presentation Phase
  • Things you can do to ensure your audience enjoys
    your presentation
  • know your comfort level
  • know your skill level
  • know your surroundings

24
Know Your Comfort Level
  • Feeling nervous is Natural
  • Remember to
  • plant your feet but keep your knees bent
  • make eye contact with your audience
  • speak slowly
  • BREATHE!!

25
Know Your Skill Level
  • Be aware of distracting foes
  • take change out of your pockets
  • put that rubber band or pencil down
  • its a laser point not a crowd control device
  • Are you forgetful?
  • Use notes but be discrete

26
Know Your Surroundings
  • Find room early
  • Take notes
  • Size
  • Podium location
  • Microphone
  • Lights (for reading notes or distracting light)
  • Identify distracting features

27
Gaining Control
  • Things to remember
  • Youre the boss
  • Identify the things you can change to make you
    feel more comfortable and
  • Dont worry about things you cant change

28
Keys to a Successful Presentation
  • Remember the Battle Plan
  • Preparation
  • Pre-game
  • Presentation

29
Getting Your Audience to Stop, Look, and Listen
  • Know Yourself
  • Know Your Audience
  • Know Your Surroundings
  • Know Your Tools

30
Evaluating Slides
  • What is the important information?
  • Does my slide communicate this information?
  • Does extraneous material distract from the
    communication?

31
Denitrification in Matched Macropore/Bulk Soil
Samples from the Pee Dee Site
32
Denitrification is Elevated in Macropores from
Matched Pee Dee Macropore/Bulk Soil Samples
33
Simplified Nitrogen Cycle
Atmosphere
N2
Fixation
Decomposition
Aquatic Terrestrial Aerobic
Assimilation
Org N
NH3
Nitrification
NO3-
NO2-
Aquatic Terrestrial Anaerobic
Denitrification
NO3-
NO2-
N2O
N2
34
Evaluation of Nitrogen Control Strategies on Golf
Courses
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Alternative fertilizer application practices
  • Subsurface denitrification systems

35
Slide Techniques Specific to Computer Projected
Presentations
  • Animation
  • A great opportunity for enhancement
  • A great danger for distraction

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Recommendations to Turf Managers
  • Modification of N applications
  • Apply less material
  • Use slow release forms of N
  • Slow release N is less soluble (sulfur coated
    urea, composted organic N)
  • Higher assimilation efficiency in turf

38
Recommendations to Turf Managers
  • Modification of N applications
  • Apply less material
  • Use slow release forms of N
  • Slow release N is less soluble (sulfur coated
    urea, composted organic N)
  • Higher assimilation efficiency in turf

39
Wrapping it all up
  • Dont lose your audience!
  • Evaluate your presentations, overall and piece by
    piece
  • What is the important information?
  • Does the slide/poster segment/presentation
    communicate this information?
  • Is there extraneous material that detracts from
    the communication

40
HAVE FUN!!
41
Acknowledgements
  • Wendy Kuhne, Colorado State University
  • Mrs. Mimi Meredith, Wordsmiths
  • Dr. Bruce C. Thompson, US Geological Survey,
    Biological Resources Division, New Mexico
    Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Las
    Cruces, New Mexico
  • Ms. Julie Seton, New Mexico State University,
    Department of English, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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