During a research presentation there will often be times when a conclusion needs to be supported by a complicated set of experimental results. For example, elucidating a mechanism may have required a series of experiments to rule out a long list of alternative processes, finally leaving only the one mechanism which was consistent with the findings. In such a situation the listeners can easily become confused, distracted, or bored. One technique which increases the clarity of the presentation and saves time may seem counterintuitive at first glance—begin at the end.… Continue Reading
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Good visual support material is essential when giving a research presentation. No one would think of giving a scientific lecture without a set of Vu-graphs to support the words with pictures. Unfortunately, badly designed visual aids do nothing to enhance understanding and can even confuse and distract the audience. Here are some of the most important elements of effective visuals.
Less is more
Inexperienced presenters tend to put too much material on a slide. But the human mind can only take in so much information at one time. A slide with twenty bullet items will be overwhelming to a viewer: it is too complex; it cannot be comprehended as a unit.