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How to Give a Good Presentation

As the anxiety builds up as you prepare for your Chemistry presentation, please refer you to the work of Garr Reynolds. Reynolds is a respected authority in the art of presentation design. The tips below come from his website. His message is simple maximum effect with minimum means.
  1. Ultimately it comes down to the presenter, their skills and content. You need to know your material deeply and design visuals that augment and amplify your spoken message.
  2. Try and be comfortable and relaxed, this will make the audience feel relaxed. Try not to make your words sound scripted.
  3. Says little as possible on slides, but when text does appear it should be large and serve to complement your words.The audience wants to hear your story so don’t read it.
  4. Make a choice of what is important and let go of the rest. The problem with most presentations is that people try to include too much. You can go deep or you can go wide, but you can’t do both. What is the core message?
  5. Rehearse at least three to four times all the way through and rehearse the first three minutes at least ten times or more. Do a formal dress rehearsal in front of a real audience (friend, teacher) who can give you constructive criticism. The more you rehearse the more confident and relaxed you will become. The thing about confidence is that it’s impossible to fake, but with practice you will become a more confident speaker. And yes, it is possible to rehearse too much. You want to sound natural and fresh, not mechanical and memorized.
  6. If the computer freezes, the internet goes down, or you have some other computer glitch during the presentation be able to move and give your presentation without it. Don’t stop and wait for the problem to be fixed
  7. When using PowerPoint or some other presentation software:
  • Use no more than two to three different types of transition effects per presentation and do not use transition effects for every slide.
  • Use a fade to black between the major sections to communicate closure of one section and the opening of the next one.
  • Use a smooth dissolve to move from one slide to the next so people don’t notice the transition.
  • Slides should be uncluttered and simple – design is important
  • Use 2D graphs and not 3D because they are harder to read.

So, turn off the computer, grab some paper and a pencil, and find someplace quiet. Think of the audience. What is it they need? What is it you want to say that they need to hear. Identify what’s important and what is not. You can’t say everything in a 10 minute talk.

Powerpoint Presentation format

Slide 1: Why did you chose this topic - its significance and why it is worthy of investigation
Slide 2: Research Question
Slide 3: Outline of methodology / investigation
Slide 4: Summary of results / findings
Slide 5: Conclusion:
Slide 6: Evaluation: Strengths, weaknesses, implications, problems, things I learned, what I would do differently next time, further research
Slide 7: Works cited and bibliography
You can add up to 3 more slides to make a maximum of 10 slides.

Student Presentations

Shannon and Jean: How does fat content in milk affect the adhesion ability of casein glue.

Lily: The relationship between the amount of calcium carbonate in egg shell and the diet of the chicken.

Emily and Victor: Investigating the effects of baking soda and cream of tartar on the characteristics of muffins.

Which common metals exhibit the strongest photoelectric effect?

How do commercial grade crystallizing and oxidizing ‘hand warmers’ function and which of the two would be deemed a more preferable choice in terms of health hazard, duration of heat, portability, heat generated, and cost?

Helen and Whitney: Synthesizing and purifying aspirin

Kevin: Is General Chemistry sufficient preparation for the SATII in Chemistry

Cara: What component of egg makes the best emulsifier

Vincent: How do simple chemicals become lethal weapons?