How to give a research powerpoint presentation

1 May

*stick with topic.

*relevant points and references that are accurate.

* Building up a story (What the question, why important, what new?)

* Remember to describe methods in order they happen.  Before I care about what the stimuli looked like, I want a feeling of where the participant was seated. How far from the screen, etc etc.   LIKE YOU ARE DIRECTING A MOVIE!

* Make slides more visual, pretend your audience is a subject in the study, what did they see, for how long  etc.

6 Responses to “How to give a research powerpoint presentation”

  1. Kenza May 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    This information is so helpful. There are so many times I sit through painful PowerPoint presentations because the presenters stray off topic or don’t explain their points very clearly. I am going to use this information and go back to edit my presentation. As it is helpful to edit a paper by reading it aloud to yourself, it will be helpful to read this points before each slide and see if each slide complies. I will blog so more after my edits. I believe the meeting this week in the lab is going to be very educational and helpful for everyone. I am excited to see everyone’s presentation and gain some insight into mine after everyone sees it.


  2. Angelica Briones May 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Last weeks presentations were really good, and the comments and suggestions from all of us as well as from Dr. Striano were helpfull to modify our current slides and for future power point presentations as well. I am in the process of fixing the method section on my powerpoint and I am actually seeing how it makes complete sense to put the explanation of the procedure before the actual pictures of the stimuli, it is “like watching a movie”, the sequence is great and understandable!

    • Kenza May 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

      You are right, Angelica that is such a great way to look at a presentation, “as a movie unfolding before your eyes!” Just think about a movie you would want to watch, no one would want to see the climax before the plot unfolds. Now I just need to make my movie worth watching!

  3. Alice May 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    The most important lesson I learned during the presentations is that it must be fluid. You want to make sure that the previous slide leads to the next and that every point specifically pertains to your topic. With the myriad of information, it is easier to get distract.

  4. Momoko May 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    The last week’s meeting not only told “how to present your study” but also “how to concepturalise a complicated topic” … this will bring me to another level of researching, and writing. This meeting also questined the quality of the research as well. Yes, it is like a creating a great art piece or a movie.

  5. Marieke May 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    My presentation went well, but there is always room for improvement! It is important to tell your audience a story. You want your audience to know why YOUR research is important, what questions are you are asking, and how are you going to answer those questions. I struggled with my procedure and realized it after giving my presentation. I lacked in telling part of my story. I reworked my procedure slides and now my presentation flows nicely!


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