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Are you getting ready to give your first presentation on your research? This guide will help you refine your presentation style.
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Getting ready to present your research

Tips for creating a rapid-fire presentation:

  • How much time do you have? If it's 1-5 minutes, you'll need to distill your information down to the major highlights of your research. What does this look like?
  • Start with a quick "hook" story or a question.
  • Take your three most important points from your research - your research question, 1-2 sentences about how you conducted your research and what surprised or fascintated you about your results.
  • You can use a PPT presentation to supplement your talk, but keep it to 2-5 slides. Your slides should be minimalist. Use images or single words rather than narrative text or bullet points to illustrate your talk.
  • Practice your presentation until you can say it without any notes. You only have to speak for a few minutes so memorize it! Once you have it memorized, it will be easier to make it sound natural.
  • During your presentation, make sure that you: dress professionally, make eye contact with the audience, do not pace around the room and do not read from your slides or notes.
  • Remember, everyone wants to see you succeed - so smile! You know your research very well and this is your opportunity to share it with your audience. 
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