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					How to make a successful presentation
Prepared by M. Sahakian for SMEG 09




                                      Geneva, March 09
Table of Contents

• Cover page and introduction
• Style and formatting
• Using visuals
• Practicing delivery
• Conclusion and discussion
Cover page example: what, who, where, when…


               L’énergie et la soutenabilité

                  Dr. Julia K. Steinberger


  Cours: Les enjeux scientifiques et institutionnels de la soutenabilité

               Jacques Grinevald and Rolf Steppacher,

               Semestre de printemps 2007/2008 IHEID




                                Logo of your Institute
Introduction




• Define your research question
• Present your plan
• Agree on who will cover what sections
• Introduce the presenters
• Prepare transitions between sections
• Start with something « grabbing »
 The grabbing starter


How to introduce the topic of your presentation?

I’m here to talk to you about solid waste management in
Metro Manila.

   • Straightforward, but not very exciting
   • When in a group, careful with the “evil I” - use “we” to
     communicate the group effort

How much waste does Metro Manila generate per day?

   • Can be a good idea to start with a question, in order to
     engage the audience
The grabbing starter

Solid waste in Metro Manila (starting from a visual)
 Tips on Content


Provide a brief context for the area you are presenting,
selecting information that is relevant to your topic.

The capital of the Philippines, Metro Manila…

   • Has a population of over 12 million spread over 15
     municipalities
   • Was the capital of this Spanish colony until the Spanish
     American war in 1989
   • Has quick access to the sea and trades primarily with China
   • etc.
 Style and Formatting



Some general guidelines:
• Leave plenty of empty space: slides should be 50% white
• Try using questions to link sections and to engage the
 audience as you go along
• Make use of the blackboard, handouts or props
  Style and Formatting

• Consider handouts for detailed information that may be hard
  to read on a slide:




Don’t forget to mention your source for quotes, visuals and graphs.
Style and Formatting

• Consider font and size
Too big
TOO Prominent
Hard to read

Not the best format for presentations
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Also hard to read, hard on the eyes,    e
very hard on the eyes                   l
                                        p
Style and Formatting



•   Arial or Helvetica or Geneva
•   Use a single font, and not more than two
•   Careful working between PC and Mac
•   Don’t go below 24pts (this is 24pts)
•   Use bold if you want to highlight text
•   or change the color of the text
•   Underlining or italics is harder to read
•   Put some space between your bullets
Style and Formatting


• Arial or Helvetica or Geneva
• Use a single font, and not more than two
• Careful working between PC and Mac
• Don’t go below 24pts (this is 24pts)
• Use bold if you want to highlight text
• Underlining or italics is harder to read
• Put some space between your bullets
 Part II. Using Section Breaks




Change of color to indicate a new section
Using visuals



• Try constructing ideas visually


• But careful with images from the internet




                                    poor quality image
                             Good visual, but confusing text
Using visuals



• Careful with images from the internet


• Try constructing ideas visually




                                    poor quality image
Delivery



• Know your subject matter
• Practice practice practice!
• This will help you feel comfortable and relaxed
• Speak loudly and clearly
• Use notes, don’t read off the screen
• The general rule, what people react to first:
       80% body, 15% tone, 5% content
Delivery



• Timing: count 2 slides per minute
• Check the time allocated for your team
• Leave time for a discussion
• Time yourself when you practice
• You will be notified of the last 5m
Conclusion and discussion



• A good conclusion: the most important part of a good
  presentation?
• End with an image as a final slide
• Or a list of questions for discussion?
   • what are the most common mistakes?
   • how long should the presentation take?
   • is this a suitable format for my content?
   • did we all learn something together?
Thank you for your time.
(the last slide is your calling card)


                                                  Marlyne Sahakian
                               Marlyne.sahakian@graduateinstitute.ch
What follows are templates for IHEID presentations,
that you are free to use if you so wish…
COVER AND END PAGE



                     SUBTITLE
TITLE

Body text.
TITLE

•   Body
•   Text
TITLE

•   Body
•   Text

				
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