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Oral Presentations: Resources and Tips
This guide includes information on making effective oral presentations.
This is a small part of a chapter of the online book, Style for Students, by Joe Schall from Penn State University. Schall describes how creative thinking is involved with oral presentations, how to prepare, how to engage your audience and help them remember the main points, how to design powerpoint slides, and how to look and sound professional.
An examination of different powerpoint designs for both a general and professor audiences. Using 3 guidelines to best present material so the visual and verbal work together into a single message: 1) Do your slides rights or not at all, 2) have a clear message, 3) use full sentences. IEEE Xplore includes downloadable ppt presentations illustrating Gross's examples.
This presentation suggests not to use Powerpoint's default design and design slides in a new way that helps the audience can grasp its content quickly and remember the content better. Students performed significantly better when tested after being lectured to with the new design vs powerpoint's default design. This was prepared by Michael Alley, College of Engineering, Penn State College.