quote:Originally posted by Brenda Clough: Be certain that your equipment and the site's media setup work and work together. ... Don't be one of those awful presenters where the first five minutes is spent trying to make the screen come to life.
quote:Originally posted by sabine: I used to print out my notes in a large font to facilitate a quick look-down while presenting and to help me maintain eye contact with the audience.sabine
quote:Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan: If using PowerPoint, don't put up a slide with lengthy text and then read it through - your audience can read more quickly than you can speak! By all account use graphs, headings and pictures that comment on or illustrate your brief (I do that in my sermons).
quote:Originally posted by Brenda Clough: Oh, and one more bit of advice. If it is your habit to drink coffee, always drink coffee the day of the presentation. Whether you drink coffee or not, always go to the restroom just before you're on.
quote:Originally posted by Ian Climacus: Let's take this image which is one tab on a dashboard I did (excuse the bad anonymisation job; I've only got Windows' Snipping Tool at home!). Is this a no-no? Do I instead focus on one graph?
quote:Originally posted by Ian Climacus: A lot of mine will be graphs and tables (I do data analysis) and I always worry about things not being clear, or too small to see.
quote:Originally posted by Ian Climacus: And, at the presentation, would you consider a live demonstration of the dashboard (having pictures of slides in case it fails)? Or is it best to just stick to slides?
quote:Originally posted by Eutychus: Do not in any circumstances simply read any paper you are going to publish in the proceedings: everyone will be asleep within the first paragraph.
quote:Originally posted by magicroundabout: One particularly amazing thing was that the room I was in had a BIG analogue clock on the back wall. While I was MCing I noticed that one of the speakers had been going for a while and I looked up at this big clock and...WOAH...that still had a long time to go. Turns out the clock was 4 minutes slow. Mental note: ignore the clock on the wall - it could make you panic!
quote:Originally posted by Alan Cresswell: So, if you want to keep an eye on the time put your phone on the podium and run it as a stop watch
quote:Alternatively, keep an eye on the chair and see when she starts signalling to get to the end. In fact, probably wise to do that whatever - if the chair doesn't notice you over-running a bit, don't sweat it, it probably means they're too interested in what you're saying to notice the clock themselves (which may not be true, but tell yourself it is).
quote:Originally posted by Leorning Cniht: Some conferences try hard to force people to keep to the schedule, and will mercilessly cut you off if you go over. Others are very loose, and have big time cushions built into the breaks that they expect to use. And yes, individual chairs vary as well.
quote:Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan: And there are some, I understand, where your microphone will be cut off if you go on beyond time.