Oral Presentation Guidelines
Your central challenge as a presenter
in such cases is to explain a set of data and ideas that you know well,
but that your audience may know next to nothing about. What’s more, the
members of your audience may have their own preconceived notions that contradict
your ideas. Therefore, take nothing for granted—what seems obvious to you
may not be so to your audience.
On some of the presentation days you will have access to online facilities, should you want to show us something on the Internet, or otherwise use a computer. Let me know if you'd like to use any other audio-visual equipment.
Don’t worry much at this point about
presenting final conclusions, or about tying together all the pieces of
your research under one central theme. What’s most important here is that
you be descriptive in a systematic way, while also offering some
sense of how you see the parts of your research and your ideas fitting
together in analytical terms
so far. Remember that you only
have 10-15 minutes to talk and to address any questions; as usual, concision
and clarity are key.
General Report Format
In effect, your presentation is a progress report for you to share with fellow researchers, as well as a chance to receive input and suggestions from others (as in many professional work settings, a primary purpose of such presentations is to assist each other in moving your projects toward completion). As a result, it’s important that these presentations share certain features. Each presentation should address the following areas, but you should avoid an overly schematic presentation that merely answers the questions in each of these areas in a plodding, step-by-step manner. You are welcome--in fact, encouraged--to be somewhat creative and original in how you structure and deliver your material.
Share with your audience some of your analytical thoughts and conclusions (these will of course be tentative at this point). Among these four areas of interest, or others, which area or combination of areas seems to you to have the more significant impact on your subject as a writer? In what way? Why? What seems to you to have the least significant impact? In what way? Why?