Presentation Guide

  1. Please remember “More is Less”, i.e. the more you put in a slide, the less attractive it will look.
  2. Use Images/Diagrams/Graphs as these will help people to understand better what you are explaining and will make the presentation more attractive and memorable.
  3. Remember it is difficult for an audience to read text and listen to you at the same time… therefore use visuals on your slides to support what you are saying.
  4. Font size of bullets must not be less 24 points, (ideally, 30-32 points).
  5. Font size in slides headers must not be less 32 points, (ideally 36-44 points).
  6. If you do show text on your slides make sure there are no more than 5 bullets on a slide (as a general rule).
  7. No more than 6 words on each bullet (as a general rule).
  8. Do not repeat words that can be included in the header.
  9. As a guide do not include more than 15 slides per 20-30 minute presentation or 5 slides per 5-10 minute presentation.
    Time over-run will not be permitted.
  10. Please practice to make your presentation interesting. Do not assume you have done many before. Practice to ensure that you will stay inside the time limit – this is the only way of knowing you have the right number of slides!

Important Notes:

  1. All presentations will be in English. Kindly use simple and easy to understand language.
  2. In the interest of time, questions and answers from delegates are allowed after the presentations and not during presentations.
  3. Presentation time is short. Please deliver focused presentations, as one clearly explained idea is better than two half-explained ones. Your aim should be to interest the delegates with a few key points so that they will want to learn more about your paper at the break(s).
  4. Briefly introduce yourself, your organization and the title of your paper. Then present your subject.
  5. Enrich your talk with real life experience, real examples and real figures. Do not assume that the listeners will always be able to relate to abstract concepts or theories. Of paramount importance is to consider what practical points/learning you can give to business delegates that will assist them in improving the performance of their business.
  6. Always leave your audience with learning points to remember.
  7. Pay attention to the quality of information presented. Do not use generic statements full of assumptions that cannot be substantiated.
  8. Please let us know if you have any special presentation requirements other than PowerPoint such as: Video, Internet access or computer audio, etc. They are all available, but we have to notify the technicians.
  9. During your presentation, talk clearly and smoothly. Not too fast and not too slow. Clarity is of the essence. Presenters with English as their mother tongue and a very fast mode of speaking should think of other people in the audience whose mother tongue language may not be English since this is an international event.
  10. Direct Internet links during the presentation are not advisable. They have a habit of letting users down.
  11. Rehearse well even if you are an experienced presenter. Your audience is sophisticated, thus, reading from slides during presentations is deemed unprofessional.
  12. Time yourself and conduct a trial run to ensure a quality performance.
  13. Speakers are responsible for bringing their presentation with them on a memory stick and giving it to the computer technician for loading. This needs to be done at least 2 hours prior to the planned presentation at a suitable break time or the day before. Computer technicians will be assigned to all presentation rooms.

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