1. Keep It Simple
First and foremost, the essential aspect of creating an effective presentation is to keep it simple. There are two ways to do this:
- Use an outline or script: This is the most common method of presenting research findings and will work well for most presentations. We can use an outline or script if we're not sure what our presentation will look like, but it's generally best to start with one before making any other significant decisions.
- Use a storyboard: Like an outline, a storyboard or story map shows how all parts of our presentation fit together. However, it also includes diagrams of each slide so that we know precisely how each should be laid out on screen at every moment during our presentation, and there's no room for ambiguity here!
2. Know the Audience
It's essential to know our audience. We can only be successful in a presentation if we have a clear idea of who our audience is and what they need from us. Further, we should know what kind of research will be presented in our presentation, whether it's related to research methods, data analysis, or something else entirely. This will help guide the structure and content of our talk and provide context for any visual material that might be used during the presentation (elements such as graphs).
3. Include only Important Data.
A good research presentation includes only essential data.
If we're presenting at a conference and want to impress the audience with our knowledge, it's important not to have irrelevant data. This consists of both unimportant and irrelevant details, like how much time it took us to do something or what color shirt we were wearing when doing so. These things may be interesting for other people in our field but won't add any value to the audience members who are there to learn about something new or interest themselves.
4. Use visual aids.
Visual aids are a great way to make our presentation more engaging and memorable. They can help us tell our story in a way that flows smoothly, or they can be used as a tool for making points while making sure that they're memorable.
Let's say we want to talk about how much fun it is to learn something new at work. We could use visual aids like a poster or video clip of someone who has learned something new, but what if there weren't any examples of learning at work? This would prevent our audience from getting an idea of what learning looks like in their own lives (and thus make it harder for them later on).
5. Use Video Maker to Make our Presentations more Interactive & Engaging.
We can create videos to make our presentation more interesting by adding graphics, animations, sounds, music, and more! With suitable graphics and sound effects, we can make an impact on our audience. Video maker is a tool that makes it easy to create professional presentation videos of our research.
6. Make every slide count.
As we're building our presentation, it's easy to get distracted by the desire to include everything. This is a bad idea. If we have too much information on one slide, our audience will be confused and overwhelmed—and they won't remember anything.
So how do we know when to cut out? We must keep these two questions in mind: "What does this slide need?" and "How can I get this other information from somewhere else?"
If the answer is yes for both questions (and not just one), don't waste space by including it on this slide. Instead, move ahead with whatever topic best serves the audience before moving on to another important point of discussion.
7. Describe the Significance of Research to the audience's needs
Describing the significance of our research to the audience's needs is an essential step in making an effective presentation. It can be done by showing how our research is relevant to the audience's interests or by showing how it is appropriate to their problems. If we want them to take away something from our presentation, it must have some meaning for them.
8. Tell a Story
The best stories are ones that are relevant to our audience. If we're presenting research at a conference, we must ensure they understand what it is and why they should care. That's where using a story comes in handy—it can help people relate better and get more engaged with the topic at hand. It might be as simple as "this is how we found out how much time people spent on Facebook last year," but it doesn't need to be anything fancy. We just need to tell them something interesting!
We hope you've learned a thing or two about how to make an effective research presentation. Remember, the most important thing is to be yourself and have fun with it! Don't forget that these tips are just suggestions—if you want more detailed information, feel free to find a class on the subject online or at your local university or college.