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My discussion presumes that you are preparing a presentation based on your technical paper. If this is not the situation, there are still many guidelines that apply.
Begin with a couple of questions: What’s your point…your core message? Why does it matter? If you want your audience to remember only one t di t b l thing, what do you want that to be? Write down your answers, and be specific.
You will compose your presentation to convey this core message.
Using the content from your paper. determine the main points that you want to discuss. identify the topics you want to cover in your presentation. Next. REMEMBER: You only have enough time to discuss a few topics. A suggestion is to review the headings of your paper that might be suitable. 3 .
Keep the images simple. Photographs must be high enough resolution so g p g g they are clear when displayed.Maker sure the text size is large enough to be legible several rows from the screen. 4 .
5 . whether it’s with a legal pad and a pencil or pen or on the computer. This doesn’t mean you have to be an artist and actually draw it out using pen and paper. paper Use the form that suits you best. a technique where you shape your presentation by sketching it out.You might want to consider storyboarding.
you want to be clear and to the point.Simplicity matters. Place only a few elements on a slide. You want clarity that gets to the essence of an issue. Eliminate non-essential elements. 6 . Use plenty of empty space.
For example. let s say you want to discuss several let’s points. 7 .
This approach helps the audience understand your information more quickly. 8 .If your slide displays more than one main point. let’s talk about bullets in slides. Now. use multiple slides.
Talk to your slides. but reduce their i t h d t b t d th i presence on your slides. so can your handouts. your notes can include bullet points. Use visual representation instead.Many presentation slides include too many bullets. People remember visual images better than bullet points. Bulleted slides should be rare. 9 .
follow this rule: • Maximum of three lines of text • Maximum of six words per line 10 .So if you need to use bullets.
11 .You will probably prepare three items for your presentation.
The slides the audience will see. 12 .
13 .Your notes you use during your presentation.
or your presentation with detailed notes when there is no required technical paper. 14 .Handouts enable you to focus only on the most important points. Handouts can be your abstract or technical paper. You won’t feel pressured to include everything about your topic in your presentation.
I will comment on it to illustrate a few points.Im I’m going to show an example of a presentation that was given at the 2010 World Oil HP/HT Drilling and Completions Conference. 15 .
Here s Here’s the authors’ agenda… authors 16 .
Here s Here’s one of the slides that provides some background information. 17 .
This is what you often see: a g p y graphic and multiple bullet points with lots of words. Text in the image is too small. 18 .
if you really prefer to have a few bullets. BUT. 19 . here’s the first image. Taking the first material that needed to be covered.Here is the slide with some changes. as y y you can talk to this. You really don’t even need the bullets. then at least make them concise.
20 . when possible. There’s no reason we can’t give it a more imageoriented appearance.Here is the summary slide.
21 . but it is more appealing to the eye.The content is almost the same.
let me summarize a few key points. Determine your Core Message and work to convey y g y this in your presentation. Try to use visual images instead of bullets. Produce slides that are NOT complicated or cluttered.Now that I have reached the end of the presentation. 22 .