- Presentation Opportunities
HOW TO MAKE A 10-MINUTE TALK
Upon submission of an abstract or sample of your work to a conference, you may be selected to give an oral presentation often accompanied by a digital display or other visual component (e.g. PowerPoint slides). It is important to emphasize the major insights of your project during this presentation. This is often followed by a question-and-answer session. A moderator will be present to aid you in set-up, relaying questions, and ensure that events proceed in a timely manner. While the exact time may vary between conferences and sessions, one can generally expect to present for 10-12 minutes with an additional 3-5 minutes for questions.
It is important to understand the exact specifications of the conference you are presenting at when preparing for an oral presentation. The ultimate goal of the oral presentation is to showcase novel findings and inspire further discussion of the topic with other researchers. Presentations encourage broader dissemination of your work and highlight that which may not receive attention in written form.
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 10-minute talk generally include?
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