2007 CIT Information
 
Presentation Tips


November 11-14, 2007
Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee


Hosted By: Tennessee Board of Regents System

 
2007 CIT News & Events
 
Bullet   2007 CIT Presentation Materials
     
Bullet   Conference Program is Now Available
     
Bullet   Registration Is Now Open For 2007 CIT
     
Bullet   Travel & Hotel Information
     
Bullet   Learning Center Courses Are Now Available
     
Bullet   Special Sessions Available
     
Bullet   Session Listing
     
Bullet   Orientation Reception
     
Bullet   Nashville Walking Tours
     
Bullet   Discounted Nashville Predators Tickets
     
  Call for Proposals
     
 
2007 CIT Contacts

  Information:
      Ed Leach
      (480) 705-8200 x233

  Registration:
      Judy Greenfield
      (480) 705-8200 x200

  Presenter Questions:
      Robin Piccirilli
      (480) 705-8200 x232

  Exhibition:
      Chris Hennessey
      (480) 705-8200 x237

  Ancillary Meetings,
    Hotel Information:
      Robin Piccirilli
      (480) 705-8200 x232
 
2006 CIT Highlights
 
Tips for Presenters  

Here are some helpful tips to assist you in preparing and delivering an effective presentation.

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking
http://www.toastmasters.org/tips.asp

PowerPoint Text
Keep the size of your audience in mind. Visuals that are not clearly legible to all participants are distracting and annoying. Remember that some participants will be in the back of the room.

Mixed-case (upper and lower) text organized in a horizontal, left-to-right manner is the easiest to read. Also, text set flush-left is the easiest to read. Try to avoid justified text as it can contain awkward spacing.

Palatino, Helvetica, Avant Garde, and Times are simple and easy-to-read fonts. Generally, one font should be used throughout your presentation, with perhaps another used sparingly for special emphasis.

Keep your displayed message simple. Your presentation graphics should highlight the points you are making, not repeat them word for word.

PowerPoint Color
Four to six colors are usually plenty to communicate your message. Of these, only one or two should be intense colors. Blue is an excellent choice for background color and a fine choice as foreground color on a light background.

Presentation Tips
Plan your presentation well in advance. A good presentation requires careful planning and review.

You will lose your audience if your presentation does not address the issues described in your session description. One of the most common complaints heard from conference participants is that the session description provided in the Conference Program did not describe the actual presentation.

Rehearse your presentation in advance. A dry run of your presentation to knowledgeable individuals is the most successful method of preparation.

Be sensitive to your audience. Avoid distractions and potential offense by insensitivity to gender, sexual preference, race, and ethnicity.

Equipment failures are not uncommon, so be prepared to make your presentation without equipment support.

Your session will be 60 minutes long. Start and end on time. Throughout the majority of the conference there will only be 15 minutes in between sessions. Out of respect for those presenters who follow you, it is imperative that you begin and end your session on time.

Be prepared for questions. Try to anticipate the types of questions you may be asked and answer them directly. Repeat the question to make certain the entire audience has heard it before you begin to answer.

Be comfortable and poised. Good eye contact will help hold the audience's attention, as will a steady voice that emphasizes the variety and interest of your presentation. Your body movement should be conscious and deliberate. Avoid swaying and pacing.

Remember, you do have something important to say and the audience wants to be supportive! 

Additional Resources
Dates | Software & Equipment | Information for Presenters | Presentation Tips


Questions about your participation as a CIT presenter?
Contact Robin Piccirilli via email or (480) 705-8200, ext. 232.

 

    
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