View ACPA’s webinar: Be Concise, Be Clear, and Communicate: Tips for Effective ACPA Presentations.

  • Plan your content first.
  • Focus on the key points and include only necessary information.
  • Limit the written information.  Use charts and illustrations that attendees can easily read from a distance.
  • Do not use jargon, particularly when presenting to an interdisciplinary, international audience.
  • Use a dark font on a light background for easy viewing.  Avoid using fancy fonts or san serif fonts.
  • Keep the design simple and easy to follow:
    • For PowerPoint presentations: use a template that does not detract from the content, like ACPA’s PowerPoint Template, and avoid using slide transitions.
    • For Poster presentations: an attendee should be able to follow the poster without an author present.
  • Test and practice the presentation before ACPA’s Annual Meeting.
  • Come to the session at least 15 minutes early.
  • Don’t use presentation time for acknowledgements; instead, include them in the presentation.

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