10-Minute Talk Details

purc_preparing_02Talks are 10-minute oral presentations given in front of a small audience in a classroom setting. These verbal talks are usually accompanied by simple power point presentations. It is important to note that only one to two people will be able to present orally on behalf of each group.

Preparing Your Talk

  • We are using PC computers with Microsoft PowerPoint. If you are creating your presentation with a Mac, you need to be using an updated version of PowerPoint for Apple in order for the features to transfer properly. You should also use a common font, such as Arial or Times New Roman so your words appear properly when transferred.
  • When organizing your talk, organize your content by what you can verbally present in 10 minutes. Organize your PowerPoint to visually complement your verbal cues.
  • Visual aids are meant to assist your verbal presentation, not replicate it. Do not type your speech directly into your slides. Your slides should include pictures, charts, graphs, scales, and very short statements that reinforce your in-depth verbal statements.
  • Work closely with your research advisors when preparing your presentation. Faculty and graduate students have experience and can assist you with organizing your talk and preparing your PowerPoint presentation.

Presentation Content

  • A faculty or graduate student moderator will introduce you and your talk topic.
  • You will present for 10 minutes and then will have 5 minutes to answer questions before the next speaker will present.
  • Someone will keep track of time and provide you with visual cues as to your remaining time.
  • In preparing for your presentation, please remember that you will have to teach a little. You should provide enough of a tutorial in your presentation for your audience to be able to follow the logic of your project. It is particularly important that you define any technical terms you use.

Sample Structure

    • Provide all necessary and relevant theoretical background, as well as the rationale for your project.
    • Give a brief description of subjects and design. Graphs are often helpful in describing the design of your study. Be sure to clearly define your variables and tasks.
    • Do not verbally present descriptive or inferential statistics (e.g., F(2,148) =12.67). In your spoken presentation, describe the nature of the significant effects. You may provide means and F values of the significant effects in graphs or tables.
    • Discuss the relevance of your results within the context of the theoretical framework that you presented in your introduction. Discuss any problems you encountered, unusual effects, etc.