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.
Best Practices in Giving Presentations
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.
|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:
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:
|Haiku Deck||| Free|
Green Screen vs. Presentations
We do not recommend using the studio's overhead projector in conjunction with the studio's green screen, as this will render the presentation difficult to see.
Don't forget to dress appropriately for your presentation! Ensure your wardrobe is situation-appropriate (err on the side of professional dress) and camera ready.