Preparing Your Talk
When preparing your talk, consider how best to get your points across to the audience. Remember to consider proper sentence structure, word usage, and vocabulary. Your talk should
- Provide a clear introduction of your topic.
- Clearly identify and fully support your main points.
- Reinforce your central idea in your conclusion.
When presenting, use effective eye contact, body movements, gestures, and vocal quality to give both a personal and professional quality to your talk
Presentations are limited to 15 minutes including question and answer period.
Practice your talk ahead of time. Make sure you can effectively present your topic in 10 - 12 minutes and leave 3 - 5 minutes for questions. Some oral presentations have a moderator who indicates when you have five minutes left and one minute left.
You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the oral session.
For example: If you are the third presenter in a session that starts at 11:00 a.m., you must arrive no later than 10:45 a.m.
When you arrive:
- Bring your PowerPoint file(s) with you on a USB drive. You cannot log onto your university account to retrieve any files.
- First, register at the Bayou Atrium I registration desk when you arrive.
- Then, go to the designated room and setup your presentation.
- PowerPoint for Windows training, Microsoft
- Create your first PowerPoint 2013 presentation, Microsoft
- Tips for creating and delivering an effective presentation, Microsoft
- Preparing an Effective Talk (pdf, 275KB)