Information for Oral Presentations
- Prepare a presentation that is 10-12 minutes long. Be prepared to answer a few questions from the audience during the three-minute
Q&A session that will immediately follow your talk.
- Concentrate on the main points. You will not have time for details that the audience may not be able to appreciate,
anyway! You may not be able to present your entire project.
- Avoid as much as possible discipline-specific jargon that few, if anyone in the audience will understand and make them lose interest in
your presentation. Be sure to define any key terms.
- Ask your mentor for advice and solicit constructive criticism. Your mentor will be able to guide you with respect to logical flow and transitions
between arguments or main points, appropriateness of conclusions drawn and of language
used, etc. in your presentation.
- Practice your presentation several times, preferably in front of a friendly audience (e.g. friends, relatives, especially
your mentor) and obtain feedback about clarity, flow, speed, etc. The Southern Miss Speaking Center can help you develop an effective presentation.
- Time yourself so that your talk is not too long or too short. If you are using slides, the rule
of thumb is no more than one slide per minute.
- You MUST have at least one Powerpoint slide with your name and the title of your presentation. Even if slides are not customary
in your discipline, consider using a few Powerpoint slides that guide the audience
through the main points of your presentation.
- Consult one of these resources to assemble an effective Powerpoint presentation:
- Dress professionally for your presentation. Please consult this Guide to Professional Dress Codes. Business casual, academic casual, or academic formal attire is appropriate.
- Do not leave the panel immediately after your talk. As a courtesy to the other presenters, please take a seat and listen to the remaining
presentations in your panel.
- Try to enjoy the experience! UGS offers a friendly, supportive environment for your
professional academic presentation.
- Your presentation will be assigned a category that will give you a 1 in 3 to 1 in
4 chance of winning an award.