Oral Presentation

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Profs. Miller and Marzluff
29 February 2012
Governance and Conservation of Rare Species
ESRM 458
Guidelines for Oral Presentation
Here are a few suggestions to help you prepare your oral presentation for class.
Very generally, the oral presentation should be equally presented by all group members and
consist of a professional synthesis of the project that informs your audience and stimulates
discussion.
LOGISTICS
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Plan on 12 minutes of oral presentation and 3 minutes of questions.
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Prepare your PowerPoint in a PC format. Be sure to check that your graphics appear as you
would like them.
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Email your PowerPoint file to Jack Delap ([email protected]) or provide him with the file on a
flash drive 20 minutes before your class meets.
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The presentation should be formal, as it would be for a report to a funding agency, a
presentation to a (potential or actual) client, or a presentation at a professional symposium or
conference.
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Regarding the audience, you might imagine you have talked with your client and that she or
he has asked you to make a presentation of your approach, findings, and suggestions to
experts and staff within her or his natural resource management agency, firm, or
nongovernmental organization.
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In your talk, make sure to convey you main points (especially conclusions and
recommendations). Minimize discussion of background materials. After all, your time is
very limited.
CONTENT
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Your slides do not have to precisely employ the headings in your main paper, but there
should be an obvious correlation.
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Limit your PowerPoint slides to text and figures. Minimize animation and please do not
include video files linked to the Internet.
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You may want to include a slide which is a Table of Contents for your paper.
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You may want to include slides with headings such as Problem, Client, Conclusion, and
Recommendations.
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You may want to include slides with maps, figures, definitions, major theory or framework,
concepts, etc.
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On a first slide be sure to include class name/quarter/professors, and authors’ email
addresses.
The last slide should include selected key bibliographical sources.
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