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Study Presentation Best Practices

Get inspired and learn best practices by by observing successful speakers and watching tutorials, such as The University of Melbourne's three-part overview (part 1 | part 2 | part 3) on academic presentations. The University of Queensland's 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) website offers award-winning research talks. Another excellent resource for examples of succinct but inspiring presentations is the TED Talks YouTube Channel. Presentation expert Nancy Duarte's TEDx Talk on The Secret Structure of Great Presentations will be particularly useful in learning to create effective and eloquent presentations.

Write a Script

Example storyboard from The Empire Strikes Back

Unless your video is purposely improvised, it is best to prepare what you will say in advance. You may wish to hold hand-written notes, or place them atop our studio podium. For the most pleasant experience for your viewers, you may wish to display your script or talking points on our Workstation PC monitor. For the latter option, remember to check out a presentation clicker at the circulation desk.

Storyboard Best Practices
1 Storyboards are a tool, not a final product. Spent just enough time to help you create the finished product—the video!
2 Vital components might include:
  • Rough visual sketch of action (with arrows indicating direction)
  • Any dialogue or dialogue notes
  • Indications of length for each shots
  • Directions for performers

Download Storyboard Template

Prepare Your Presentation

Before you begin recording, make sure to gather any resources and props you may need, and arrange the space appropriately. The library has many resources available, including podia, clickers, etc. If you will be projecting a presentation on the green screen or using the overhead projector or one of the library's Collaborative Mobile Units, you may wish to explore these popular presentation software packages:

Emaze | Free
Haiku Deck | Free
Google Slides Free
Keynote
LaTex Free
Powerpoint
Prezi | Free
Slides | Free