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May 25, 2012

Presentation Tips

Presenting-The Basics

When you're presenting, you're trying to convince someone of something. When presenting to academics as part of your studies you might be trying to convince them you know about type II superconductors, or when presenting to potential employer's you might be trying to convince them you know about their company and the challenges its facing. Maybe you're a PhD researcher presenting to convince potential contributors of the worth of your research. Keeping all these different possibilities in mind, here's some tips;

  • Have your presentation in clear, distinct sections; you need an introduction, points that are substantiated seperately, and a summary.
  • Always leave time for questions!
  • Have a central theme throughout.
  • Keep your points concise, especially what's on the screen. If you're using say PowerPoint, don't have everything you say written on the screen, just have a few short sentences that you elaborate on with what you say.
  • Make your presentation unique, don't be afraid to use imagery and humour where appropriate.
  • Know your audience, how technical should the presentation be? What information is vital to the audience? Are they more interested in the content or your delivery?

A free way to make high quality posters


Making aesthetically pleasing and informative posters in no easy task, but a good knowledge of relevant software definitely helps.

There's a few different ways to make posters, PowerPoint being the one most students go with. There's other options out there though. For example, ever heard of Not to be confused with MS paint, is an opensource(free) piece of software that uses a layered structure like Photoshop.

How do I use it? is a bit tricky at first if you've never used a layer based program. Here's a few tips to get you started.

  • In the bottom right hand corner you'll find a box entitled layers. In when you add new images it usually puts that image in a new layer. When using the standard tools like rubber and paintbrush, make sure you've got the correct layer selected. To be selected, a layer can't just have its box ticked, that just means its being shown (you can show as many or as few of the layers as you like), you've got to click on it so all of its highlighted.
  • If you want to add a background image an easy way to do it is to go to layers-import from file.
  • One of the most powerful tools of is the magic wand. This is to the left of the hand symbol in the toolbar on the right. Clicking an area of an image with this causes the wand to select all the surrounding image of a similar colour. You can increase or decrease the area selected by changing the tolerance bar which will appear at the top of the screen when you use the wand.

If you like the look of and want to use it more often, check out this online tutorial;

Any questions on using or making posters in general, put them here!

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  • It depends on what you're after. Powerpoint is useful for posters containing a lot of text as within… by Nicholas Collis on this entry
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