Why was this tutorial created?

While most people can, however unwillingly, stand in front of an audience and talk, an exciting and effective presentation requires organization and thought ahead of time. Keep in mind that a first year undergraduate has logged around 13,000 classroom hours (OK, less if you exclude snowdays and a few days here and there playing hooky); add about another 1,200 hours by the time they reach graduate school and get feisty about sitting through dull lectures. These are, you might say, "educated" consumers of the classroom experience. But for a really tough group, imagine an audience of jaded academics and researchers attending a scientific conference!

A focused and understandable communication of ideas underlies all forms of academic and scholarly communication, whether in the form of a written paper, a presentation at a scientific meeting, leading a seminar discussion, or presenting a lecture to students. Your decisions about which visual aids to use and how to maximize their visual impact can make a striking difference in the strength and clarity of your presentation.

OK, don't get nervous. Here are Some Guidelines that will help you to pull off a good presentation, by helping to increase the impact of the visuals you will use.

Or, you may RETURN to the Effective presentations page.

Jeff Radel