Presenting a Paper

Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes, including the time for questions (unless otherwise arranged).

Structure

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  • Be clear and concise. Structure your talk around few points you want the audience to remember, which can be repeated multiple times.
  • Briefly state the problem or topic you will discuss. Use the opening to catch the interest and attention of the audience.
  • State the structure and main points of your argument explicitly at the outset.
  • The introduction is a brief summary of the key points you want to get across.
  • The body of the talk needs to put the subject matter in context so that your audience can understand the significance of your particular results. If you use graphics, (charts, diagrams, power points) everything essential to their explanation should be in simple terms.
  • Summarize your key points again in the conclusion. If the results of your research are specific conclusion(s), state them and their level of significance.

General Presentation Tips

  • The quality of your presentation is most directly related to the quality of your preparation. Rarely will you have difficulties in your presentation due to being over prepared.
  • The opening and closing remarks are the most important; don't improvise them.
  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Do not go over your time limit. Practicing your presentation should eliminate this problem. If, however, the "question and answer" session extends beyond the time limit, it is your responsibility to end the discussion as quickly as possible.

 

 


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