Academic presentations: Tips for presenting your work to academic colleagues

  1. When selecting and editing your material, consider:

a) your audience

b) conviction – if you are not convinced by what you are going to say, your audience will not be

c) your message – what basically are you trying to say

d) give your audience something memorable to take away.

  1. Using PowerPoint – don’t put too much information on each slide, don’t read the slides out, don’t use more than 12 maximum.
  1. Be flexible – check PowerPoint is available and think what you’d do in a power cut!
  1. Chekc the speling on your slides.
  1. Make more handouts than you need – don’t let anyone be without.
  1. Working with children and animals – if you are going to bring others in to help with your presentation, make sure that they all know what to do and when to stop. If you’re going to use video clips or fancy PowerPoint presentation, have a good reason for doing it.
  1. Get there before your audience.
  1. Nerves – be worried if you’re not worried! – be very well prepared.
  1. Don’t apologise for what you’re going to say, be convinced!
  1. Look at your audience, move round to include everyone in your gaze – but don’t stare at individuals!
  1. Timing – rehearse with a stop watch and pace yourself carefully so you don’t run out of time, build in question time if it is required.
  1. Practise out loud – get used to hearing yourself speak.
  1. Look for opportunities to address as wide an audience as possible to become comfortable with the process.