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Successful presentations 20.11.2014
Transcript of Successful presentations 20.11.2014
Dealing with difficult questions
Ideally, begin with a personal statement.
(Could be a story, anecdote, something you recently read in a newspaper)
Introductory statement helps you form a bond with the audience. It shows why the topic of your speech is relevant, interesting and relatable. Through a good statement, many people in the audience will identify with what you are saying.
Structure of the
Seminar for EMMB
16 November 2015
Introduction / background
Findings/discussion (takes ~70%
of the presentation time) - discussion means putting findings in the context
Significance / implications
Keep the monologue short
Welcome adrenaline rush
Choose optimal distance from the audience. Neither too close nor too far.
It is perfectly OK to make pauses. Silence gives you authority
Maintain eye contact
Important elements for the presentation
Showing one's hands
Nodding (questions, comments)
Collect multiple questions from the audience
Ask to repeat the question
Return the question
Postpone the answer
In case of provocative comments be self-critical, never attack back
Research question; Gap in the literature
Such as focus groups, interviews
It is useful to have a table summarizing key findings
Rule of thumb: one finding - one quote
Presenting quantitative research
Allows usage of a variety of data visualization tools
Visualizations help keep the audience engaged
Avoid focus on statistical technicalities
Presenting narrative literature reviews
Don’t focus on individual sources
Discuss main themes and findings emerging through the review
Subjective and not necessarily reproducible
Presenting qualitative research
Some kind of data visualization is advisable even if the research is not quantitative
Systematic literature reviews need to be well-described in methods!
Tailor content of the presentation to the knowledge level of the targeted audience
Use but don’t overuse audiovisual aides
Experiment with alternatives to PowerPoint
Try to establish a bond with the audience (e.g. by telling a story)
Mind your non-verbal communication
Thank you for your attention!