Guidelines for Presentations
The core goal of the assignment is to have you practice preparing a concise and compelling talk that isn't just a mind-numbing series of bullet points. To that end, here are some important guidelines:
- Your talk should be no more than 5 minutes (excluding questions, which will be at the end).
- Use no more than 10 slides (or equivalent if you use something other than PowerPoint).
- The first slide should consist of the title, your name, the date and a very short abstract.
- Use a minimum of bullet points (avoid completely if possible).
- The slides to show rather than tell: they should complement, not duplicate, what you’re saying.
- No complete sentences apart from the abstract unless you really need an actual quote.
- No slides with just text (tables are OK – they don’t count as just text, but see the next point and don't include more numbers than you need).
- No numbers that aren’t discussed in some way.
- Well-designed and labeled graphs are highly desirable.
- Annotated figures and illustrations are very good.
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Peter J Wilcoxen, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University