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Oral Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Guidelines for Oral Presentations

Things to think about:

  • Presentation length. Times for presentations can range from 10-15 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of Q&A. Your time will depend on the number of presentations in your panel and the time allocated for the panel ie some panels are 1.5 hours and others are 2 hours long. Your slot and presentation time will be communicated with you via email.
  • Number of slides. If your presentation is supposed to be 10-15 minutes long, it will be impossible to get through 35 slides. Make sure you time your presentation in advance – there is nothing worse than one presenter taking time from another.
  • Font size. Make sure your slides are readable. 28pt and up is recommended.
  • Your audience. SVRI Forum is home to researchers, practitioners, programme managers, policy-makers, funders, activists – all of us have the power to use the findings presented at Forum to advance and strengthen our work. All presenters, where possible should avoid over-use of technical jargon and if necessary, provide a description of concepts either at the end of their presentation or offer to discuss issues/concepts with delegates during the break.
  • So what? We do this work because we want to create a kinder world, please make sure you detail how your work is relevant to changing policy, improving research, serving survivors etc.
  • Secondary trauma. We work in the field of trauma and many of us are survivors. Carefully consider the types of photos / images you use in your presentation. Avoid use of images that may be upsetting to delegates.

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