General Presentation Suggestions
- Don't read your slides. We can do that on our own. You are supposed to provide insights and anecdotes that educate, inform, and entertain.
- Don't use too many words. Kind of a corollary to the last one. If you have a lot of text, both of us will read it. Your audience will not be listening while they read the text, and you will be really boring anyway.
- Your slides should be simple and clean. All of the following make good slides: pictures, simplified equations, graphs, diagrams, simple code segments, short lists.
Note that this is a guideline not a requirement. You can change it, but you should have a good reason. Master's presentations are scheduled for 1 hour, which means they are 45-50 minutes long. Here is a basic outline of what you should cover:
5 minute coverage of who you are, what your problem is, and why I should care. This should set up the rest of the work.
Overview of Accomplishments
5 minute coverage of what did you do and why it is impressive.
2-3 Highlights of your work
25 minute coverage in more detail of your 2-3 most impressive results. This is the part that is meant to wow but not lose people. Remember you are the expert, so you must help them see and understand what you did. This is one of the rare times that showing off is good.
10 minute demo of your work.
5 minute review of what you did.
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