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HOW TO MAKE A LIGHTNING TALK
A lightning talk is 3-5 minute presentation akin to an “elevator pitch.” They are highly condensed oral presentations that omit information unnecessary to understanding the main objectives and findings of the research. The specific guidelines for constructing and giving a lightning talk are provided by the conference upon invitation or confirmation of presentation.
The OSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium held annually in September offers this presentation format for those interested in spectating or presenting. Overall, keep in mind that lightning talks should be particularly concise in communicating the key points of your project in order to be effective and insightful under the short time constraint.
Note: When constructing your presentation, keep in mind that you may have audience members that are color-blind and cannot distinguish certain color differences, such as red and green. Here are some guidelines to making a color-blind friendly presentation:
Prepare in advance then practice, practice, practice!
What Does a Lightning Talk Typically Include?
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Nick. “A Colourblind Guide to Colourful Presentations.” Oxford Protein Informatics Group, 20 Oct. 2013, University of Oxford, http://www.blopig.com/blog/2013/10/a-colourblind-guide-to-colourful-pres.... Accessed 29 May 2018.