Honours and postgraduate students are sometimes asked to present a summary or overview of their research in a poster.
The purpose of a scientific poster is to present research visually and often quickly. Preparing a scientific poster is an art. A good poster effectively combines text and illustrations using design elements that make the poster attractive, informative and easy to read.
For advice on poster design, view the following links.
Good communication skills are essential in medical imaging and radiation therapy. Practitioners communicate with patients, their families, with colleagues within the same discipline, and with other allied health professionals.
Role-play can be an effective way of developing clinical communication skills.
The following resources have been developed for improving communication skills in the field of radiation therapy.
Structuring an oral presentation:
This part of the presentation should arouse the interest of the audience. You might want to consider using:
If your presentation is about the benefits of modern transportation, you may wish to begin with a rhetorical question:
|How many people have been caught in slow-moving traffic and been late for something important?|
After you get the audience's attention, you must tell your audience the purpose of your presentation in one or two clear sentences. Finally, you need to explain how the topic will be developed:
This paper will investigate the...
The effects of ... will be shown by a comparison of x and y.
This is the largest section of the presentation, and it must be clearly structured and logically developed. The audience's attention may wander during the presentation. Therefore, it is important in the body to explain links in ideas and to keep reminding them of the direction of the presentation.
The first major point...
Following from this...
The conclusion should round off the topic by:
" In my presentation today, I've explained how modern transportation in cities has enabled us to accomplish more in our day across a wider area. We can now...
Preparing the presentation
Visual aids stimulate interest, illustrate factors which are hard to explain with words alone, and make it easier for the audience to understand your presentation and the points you wish to make.
Preparing visual aids In preparing visual aids, consider the following points:
Never read your presentation. Instead, convert the text of your presentation into key words and notes.
To do this:
Practise so that your presentation is within the time limit. Allocate a percentage of the total time for each section of the presentation. Monitor the time as you progress. If you find you're running out of time, quickly summarise the remaining points. If you must skip over sections because you have really gone over time, eliminate the least important facts and details, concentrating on only the main points.
In your presentation, you need to indicate to your audience the purpose of each part of your presentation, and how they relate to the overall topic.
As a presenter, you need to use signalling words and phrases in the course of your presentation to guide the audience and to let your audience know what is happening in each section of your talk. You also need to lead into these smoothly so that your audience can understand how the ideas are connected.
Examples of signalling words and phrases:
Introducing the talk
"The topic I intend to discuss is..."
Introduction of main point
Rephrasing the main point
"In other words..."
Introducing an example
"Let me illustrate this by referring to..."
"I might just mention..."
Moving on to another main point
"Let's now consider..."
Handing over to another speaker (e.g., in a group presentation)
"I will now invite [NAME] to "
Summing up main points
"To sum up..."
"That concludes our presentation. However, I am / we are happy to answer any questions."
Tips: Most people feel nervous about public speaking. If you feel really nervous, remember: