Guidelines for Presenters

Electronic Presentations

A laptop computer and projector will be available if you wish to give your presentation using PowerPoint software. Please give your presentation to the panel moderator at least one day in advance so it may be loaded onto the presentation laptop computer and checked to see that it is working properly. You may bring your material on a memory stick or CD. For best results, follow the guidelines for presentation graphics and be aware that visuals are best seen when there is maximum contrast between the type and background.

Oral Presentations

Presentation Graphics

(Slides, Overheads, PowerPoint Presentations)

Everybody in the room must be able to read your graphics. Don't you hate it when a speaker puts up slide after slide with 20 lines of tiny typed text? Don't you hate it when a speaker puts up a slide that you can't decipher and says, “Sorry, I don't know if you can see this, but I just put it in here to show that…”? Don't you hate it when a speaker puts up a handwritten overhead that's illegible? DON'T DO that!

Your graphics don't have to stand alone. Figures submitted with manuscripts are expected to be able to stand alone, with enough detail to be understood by someone who has never seen the rest of the text. You have to forget this when making graphics to back up an oral presentation. Your graphics won't be standing alone; you will be standing right there beside them. YOU will be giving the talk, not the graphics.

Rule #1. Make things big enough for everyone to read.

Rule #2. Simplify things enough so that they will be readable.