In contrast to an oral presentation, a “poster” is a visual representation of the research project that must convey the essence of your message. In effect, it “talks” for the researcher. The poster presenter is on hand to answer questions and provide further details. For posters, keep in mind that the poster needs to attract attention from 10 feet away, so include a large, interesting photo or design. Also include more detail for closer, secondary inspection. However, avoid text-heavy posters. You may prepare a hand-out with more information to share.
An oral presentation is more than just reading a paper or set of slides to an audience. How you deliver your presentation is at least as important in effectively communicating your message as what you say. Use these guidelines to learn simple tools that help you prepare and present an effective presentation, and design PowerPoint slides that support and enhance your talk.