Break it Down: Guidelines for Developing an SEPG North America 2011 Presentation

Congratulations to those individuals who have been chosen as presenters for SEPG North America 2011. While the work associated with your abstract is finished, the next deadline is coming up just after the new year: presentation materials are due by January 15, 2011.

The first step in developing an effective presentation is organization. So, as you begin to think at a high level about your presentation and the main concepts you wish to communicate, it may help to begin by outlining your key points and grouping them into three manageable sections.

The main focus of the first section is to establish the objectives of your presentation. This is also the place to establish the issue, problem, or concern your presentation will address. If the presentation is the results of a new approach, case studies, scenario, or lessons learned, present the context and state why this is important to the field of study or knowledge base. This sets the stage for presenting the solutions, results, approaches, case studies, lessons learned, metrics, etc.

The second section is the heart of the presentation. In this section the presenter offers the solutions to the issues, problems, or concerns described. For new approaches, case studies, scenarios, lessons learned, present the suggestions, results and associated data.

The third section focuses on bringing it all together. Discuss how the solutions and findings address the issue or problem stated in the first section? For new applications, case studies, scenarios, or lesson learned, state how the results contribute to the knowledge base. An option for closing the presentation is to review the objectives that were the intent of the presentation.

I hope that helps you to begin creating your SEPG North America 2011 presentation. The next step is to begin developing your slides. Check back for 10 tips for developing and delivering a powerful PowerPoint presentation.

Palma Buttles
SEPG North America 2011 Technical Program Co-Chair

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