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TAC Talks 2019: Planning Your Presentation

An evening celebrating UWT graduate student research: TAC Talks, a series of 5-minute lightning talks, followed by a reception

Planning your Presentation

  • Consider the story you want to tell.  Set the stage for the audience and give them a sense of what they can expect from your presentation or poster.
  • Identify the key message of your presentation.  What do you want the audience to walk away with after listening to or viewing your presentation?
  • Think about the top three questions the audience will have about your research.  These will be the three points you will want to cover during your presentation or poster.
  • Write out an outline of your story.  Consider structuring your talk or poster to follow these questions: What? So What? Now What?
  • Create your presentation slides after you have your talking points.  The slides are only there to help you make your points visually, so it helps to know what you will say before you create your slides.
  • Think creatively about the format.  How can you use the format to your advantage? 
  • Practice your presentation!  Over and over (and a few more times after that).  This applies to both your TAC Talk or your poster presentation.  Make sure your language is friendly to a broad audience. Your presentation should be clear and concise, free of jargon or technical terms.

Adapted from Scholars' Studio: Planning Your Presentation.  

TAC Talks

Now a part of SHAREfest!



"Student Scholarship Highlights and Research Excellence" - SHAREfest 2019     

The Office of Research and UW Tacoma Library, along with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and the Associate Dean for Student Support and Success invite you to the inaugural Spring 2019 "Student SHAREfest"! SHAREfest refers to the collection of events occurring across campus during the spring quarter at which UW Tacoma undergraduate and graduate students will share their 'scholarship highlights and research excellence.