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18. Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Superior Platform and Poster Presentations.
Saturday, 16 November 2002
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ever wonder why some posters are so crowded with readers that you have to stand in line for a chance to talk to the author, while other posters down the row go unread? Do you sometimes struggle to follow one oral presentation and find that the next sparks insights, interest, and questions? Sometimes issues such as these have much more to do with effective scientific communication than scientific content. In this short course we will discuss the principles and strategies that will help scientists develop presentations that successfully convey the content and importance of their work instead of hindering that communication. Good scientific communication skills are necessary to present your information to the community. and to get feedback from other experts. Additionally, scientific communication skills can help people get promotions, good grades, and choice assignments, as well as help them network in the professional community. This short course will teach participants the basics of preparing a solid presentation and will allow more experienced persons to hone their current skills and learn more advanced techniques. Course instructors will, specifically, introduce the participants to the reasons why good presentation skills are necessary for success, discuss the importance and advantages of poster presentations, offer explicit, concrete guidance on creating effective posters, introduce advanced features of commonly-used spreadsheet and presentation software, demonstrate subtleties that can transform an average figure into a superior slide that is easy to see and understand, and will discuss optimum organization of presented material, introduce techniques for delivering first-class platform presentations. A practical session will give course participants an opportunity to apply their new skills to critique and improve a variety of sample posters and presentations.
Course participants will gain an expanded appreciation of the importance of presentation skills and will learn how to improve their own presentations. Participants will understand the basics of presentation software - and what the software is and is not capable of doing. In addition, the participants will learn how to organize a talk or seminar and how to deal with the stresses of the actual presentation. Course participants will also come to understand the mechanics that make posters clear and informative - and how to enhance their presentation. Finally, course participants will learn the skills necessary to critically evaluate poster and platform presentations. Note: This class will be held off-site. Participants will be transported from the Convention Center 30 minutes prior to the class. Transportation will be provided by SETAC. Look for a sign at Registration.
Level of difficulty: Introductory to Intermediate
Attendance limit: 30
Mimi Meredith, Wordsmiths Unlimited
Paige Leitman, ARCADIS G&M
Daniel J. Karen, CH2M Hill
Ryan Casey, Towson University
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