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BIOL 310: Developmental Biology

Presentation Tips

As you only have three minutes to give your presentation, planning and practice are key. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: 

  • Have a plan.
    • "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
  • Consider your audience. 
    • Avoid jargon and technical terms
  • Less is more. 
    • Have one visual per slide -- only one idea per slide
  • Limit text on slides. 
    • What words you do have should be large enough to be viewed from a distance.
  • Practice and time yourself. 
    • Practice, practice, practice. 

Additional Resources Elie Diner
Tips for Lightening Talks Blog Entry
Ten Simple Rules for Short and Swift Presentations PLoS



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