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Dr Anna Podorova

Faculty of Education,
9 July 2013
In this PowerPoint

• Common mistakes and misconceptions

• Tips and strategies: planning, design,

• Useful resources

HDR 3-minute
presentation thesis
A bad presentation is characterised by…
 Lack of enthusiasm
 Lack of rapport with audience

 Distracting visuals/verbals/vocals
(from my experiences and ‘Student Q
 Failure to speak to time Manual’, faculty of Business and
Economics, Monash University)
 Equipment failure
 Poor slide organization
 The material is too technical/pitched too high
or too low  Speaelllllling mistakes
 Poor organisation of material
 Assuming too much
 Inappropriate pace

 Failure to maintain the audience’s

+ not giving enough time to read
 Information overload
the information on the slides
and other ‘no-no’s like reading
all of the above aloud
Such layout allows to avoid
unnecessary slide transitions

Insert - SmartArt
Preparation (cont.)
 Rehearse – mainly to time yourself (avoid too many slides
and special effects – it’s all about you as a presenter!)

 Consider wearing comfortable and familiar clothes

Delivery (part 1)
• Come early and check!!!
• Be practical - make sure everyone can hear
you/see the slides, all mobiles are on silent,
• Relax – meditate, use humour, find a friendly
• Don’t pace
Delivery (part 2)
 Introduce yourself  ‘academic’ doesn’t equal
‘boring’  - mention an
 Introduce your topic interesting not well-known fact
and outline the about a famous researcher’s
structure life or research project
 make it fun for everyone
 Be prepared for
unexpected  ask questions
 ask the audience to read the
 How to engage the quote on the slide/look at the
audience? graph/photo and comment on
it/ask what it means for them

-: which direction to follow? +: Real objects, colourful design, clear sections,
What’s the most important part?
headings, shapes
No comment 

P.S. Yes, people still produce

posters similar to this one 
Award-winning poster by
Bianca Cumine-Groza,
MERC conference 2013
Award-winning poster by
Christine Grove,
MERC conference 2013
Tips and strategies for posters
 Not scrapbooks – it should tell a story/get your ideas across even
if you’re not there to explain!
 Only relevant photos/clippings/recordings, etc.
 Balance between text and visuals
 Explanations and directions are provided
 Referencing (careful with Google images)
 Including your name/e-mail address won’t hurt
 Rule of thumb: Show to someone before displaying – your
message should be clear to anyone
Tips and strategies for presentations
1. Know your technology
2. Outline and plan before opening a PPT file/designing in Prezi
3. Have back-up (eg. e-mail to yourself + USB stick + laptop)
4. Clear structure/transition between parts/speakers
5. Remember: less is more (rule of three)
6. Say ‘no’ to long paragraphs and small text (min 22 font size)
7. Say ‘yes’ to dot-points – your prompts
8. No reading from slides or notes (offer the audience to read)
9. Engage the audience (interesting fact, participation, etc.)
10. Be prepared for ‘unexpected’
11. Rehearse - mainly to time yourself but also to make your
speech flow easier
 Life After Death by PowerPoint 2012 by Don McMillan

 Monash University, Faculty of Business and Economics Qmanual (chapter 11,



 Maybe?

 Google Images (remember copyright!)

 Images to use

 Posters -


 TLC/TLS – Teaching/Technology Learning Centre/Space (Clayton and Peninsula for

all Education students) for help with audio-visual technology enquiries
Make use of:
 HDR 2013 unit on Moodle (ask if you can’t access it)
 APA referencing style examples:
 Faculty of Education support:
 Library learning skills:
 For oral presentations - Q manual for Business and Economics
 For annotating PDF without printing – use iPad applications or PDF
X-Change Viewer for PC:
 On-line tutorials:

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