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Giving an effective presentation: Using Powerpoint and structuring a scientific talk:

Giving an effective presentation: Using Powerpoint and structuring a scientific talk based on a presentation at the 2005 Pew Foundation meeting by Susan McConnell Department of Biological Sciences Stanford University

We may not be experts at public speaking, but we are all experts at listening to talks:

We may not be experts at public speaking, but we are all experts at listening to talks

What do you want from a talk?:

What do you want from a talk?

PowerPoint Presentation:

Before planning your talk think about its purpose, the audience you will be talking to, and the setting. Don’t assume the audience will all be experts. Never underestimate your audience! Check on the time that has been allotted to you. How big is the room?

What do you think of the following slide?:

What do you think of the following slide?

PowerPoint Presentation:

Emk1 knockdown inhibits lumen formation in MDCK cells: RT-PCR: EMK1 is effectively knocked down in MDCK cells 24 hours after transfection with P-SUPER (control) or P-SUPER-siEMK1 plasmid; knockdown confirmed on the right with antibodies to EMK1. Collagen overlay assay: cells cultured 24 h on collagen I before being overlaid with additional collagen on the apical surface, analyzed 24 h later. Note the lack of lumen in EMK1-KO cultures. Ca switch: control or EMK1-KO cells were plated in low Ca medium 24 h upon transfection with pSUPER or pSUPER-KO. After 12 h, cultures were switched to normal medium for 24 h. Transmission EM of cells sectioned perpendicular to the substratum shows lack of microvilli in EMK1-KO cells.

PowerPoint Presentation:

Of course, it is far to confusing and a clear take-home message does not come across ! This presentation will take you through a strategy for presenting the data in a clear and logical way.

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use:

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use This font is Arial. This font is Comic Sans. This font is Papyrus . This font is Times New Roman. This font is Courier. This font is Didot. Serif fonts take longer to read… Use a Sans Serif font:

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use:

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use Some fonts look really good in boldface : Arial vs. Arial bold Comic Sans vs. Comic Sans bold Papyrus vs. Papryus bold

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use:

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use Type size should be 18 points or larger: 18 point 20 point 24 point 28 point 36 point * References can be in 14 point font

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use:

Powerpoint basics: 1. What font to use AVOID USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE IT’S REALLY HARD TO READ!

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Dark letters against a light background work.

PowerPoint Presentation:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Light letters against a dark background also work.

PowerPoint Presentation:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Many experts feel that a dark blue or black background works best for talks in a large room.

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Dark letters against a light background are best for smaller rooms and for teaching.

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Avoid red-green combinations because a significant fraction of the human population is red-green colorblind.

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Avoid red-green combinations because a large fraction of the human population is red-green colorblind. Lots of people can’t read this – and even if they could, it makes your eyes hurt.

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color Other color combinations can be equally bad:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color:

Powerpoint basics: 2. Color View your slides in grayscale to ensure that there is adequate color contrast in each slide.

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout Keep the layout and style as consistent as possible Every slide should have a heading. Sentences are preferred if it’s possible to make a statement.

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout Limit text blocks to no more than two lines each.

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout The reason for limiting text blocks to two lines is that when the text block goes on and on forever, people in the audience are going to have to make a huge effort to read the text, which will preclude them from paying attention to what you are saying. Every time you lose their focus, your presentation suffers!

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout Lists should contain no more than 3 items: • Item 1 • Item 2 • Item 3

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout It is often effective to “unveil” your list one by one: Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 You can do this using the “Slide show” - “animations” -”custom” - option

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout Avoid sublists! • Item 1 Item 1a Item 1b Item 1c • Item 2 - Item 2a - Item 2b • Item 3

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout Be generous with empty space.

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout:

Powerpoint basics: 3. Layout If you try to cram too much into a slide, and place things too close to the sides, they can get cut off if you’re using a poor projector. In any case, the slide looks all cluttered and junky.

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style:

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style Try your best to include a simple image on every slide.

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style:

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style Limit the number of items on each slide. Each slide should make just one or two points!

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style:

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style Arrrgh!

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style:

Powerpoint basics: 4. Style Don’t try to show too many slides. Often, less is more.

It’s very easy to use Powerpoint really badly:

It’s very easy to use Powerpoint really badly

PowerPoint Presentation:

Emk1 knockdown inhibits lumen formation in MDCK cells: RT-PCR: EMK1 is effectively knocked down in MDCK cells 24 hours after transfection with P-SUPER (control) or P-SUPER-siEMK1 plasmid; knockdown confirmed on the right with antibodies to EMK1. Collagen overlay assay: cells cultured 24 h on collagen I before being overlaid with additional collagen on the apical surface, analyzed 24 h later. Note the lack of lumen in EMK1-KO cultures. Ca switch: control or EMK1-KO cells were plated in low Ca medium 24 h upon transfection with pSUPER or pSUPER-KO. After 12 h, cultures were switched to normal medium for 24 h. Transmission EM of cells sectioned perpendicular to the substratum shows lack of microvilli in EMK1-KO cells.

It takes some work and forethought to use Powerpoint well:

It takes some work and forethought to use Powerpoint well

It takes some work and forethought to use Powerpoint well:

It takes some work and forethought to use Powerpoint well Let’s break down the previous slide into its minimum essential components

EMK1 / Par1 can be knocked down in MDCK (kidney) cells using siRNA methods:

RT-PCR Western MDCK (kidney)cells EMK1 / Par1 can be knocked down in MDCK (kidney) cells using siRNA methods

EMK1 / Par1 can be knocked down in MDCK (kidney) cells using siRNA methods:

RT-PCR Western MDCK cells EMK1 / Par1 can be knocked down in MDCK (kidney) cells using siRNA methods

MDCK cells form a lumen following a change in extracellular [Ca++ ]:

MDCK cells form a lumen following a change in extracellular [Ca ++ ] gp135 b -catenin ZO-1 Side view of lumen MDCK cells Surface view from lumen

MDCK cells form a lumen following a change in extracellular [Ca++ ]:

MDCK cells form a lumen following a change in extracellular [Ca ++ ] gp135 b -catenin ZO-1 Surface view from lumen Side view of lumen MDCK cells

Lumen formation is blocked in EMK1 knockdown cells :

gp135 Lumen formation is blocked in EMK1 knockdown cells b -catenin ZO-1 MDCK cells EMK1 knockdown

EMK1 knockdown cells also fail to form microvilli :

EMK1 knockdown cells also fail to form microvilli MDCK cells EMK1 knockdown

EMK1 knockdown cells also fail to form microvilli :

EMK1 knockdown cells also fail to form microvilli MDCK cells EMK1 knockdown

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad Start with the biggest questions and get progressively more specific

A powerful tool in a talk is a “home slide”:

A powerful tool in a talk is a “home slide” Design and introduce a “home slide” that you’ll come back to at each major transition in your talk.

A powerful tool in a talk is a “home slide”:

A powerful tool in a talk is a “home slide” Now we’ll build an introduction and a home slide that puts the previous data into context.

Our bodies are full of tubes:

Our bodies are full of tubes

Our bodies are full of tubes:

Our bodies are full of tubes digestive enzymes Intestine:

How do cells become polarized and form a lumen?:

How do cells become polarized and form a lumen? digestive enzymes Intestine:

MDCK cells are a model system for a polarized cell type (from the kidney):

MDCK cells are a model system for a polarized cell type (from the kidney)

MDCK cells are highly polarized:

MDCK cells are highly polarized

MDCK cells are highly polarized:

MDCK cells are highly polarized apical proteins

MDCK cells are highly polarized:

MDCK cells are highly polarized apical proteins centrosome

MDCK cells are highly polarized:

MDCK cells are highly polarized apical proteins centrosome tight junctions

MDCK cells are highly polarized:

MDCK cells are highly polarized apical proteins microtubules centrosome tight junctions

MDCK cells are highly polarized:

MDCK cells are highly polarized apical proteins microtubules tight junctions extracellular matrix centrosome

MDCK cells lose their polarity in low [Ca++]:

MDCK cells lose their polarity in low [Ca ++ ] low [Ca ++ ]

MDCK cells regain their polarity in normal [Ca++] and reform a lumen:

MDCK cells regain their polarity in normal [Ca ++ ] and reform a lumen normal [Ca ++ ]

MDCK cells regain their polarity in normal [Ca++] and reform a lumen:

MDCK cells regain their polarity in normal [Ca ++ ] and reform a lumen normal [Ca ++ ] time

Questions addressed today::

Questions addressed today:

Questions addressed today::

Questions addressed today: • What molecular mechanisms regulate cell polarization?

Questions addressed today::

Questions addressed today: • What molecular mechanisms regulate cell polarization? • What molecular mechanisms regulate lumen formation?

Questions addressed today::

Questions addressed today: • What molecular mechanisms regulate cell polarization? • What molecular mechanisms regulate lumen formation? • How do different tissues form different types of tubes?

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad The middle is the meat of the talk…

…but talks are delivered to audiences with limited attention spans:

…but talks are delivered to audiences with limited attention spans Audience attention curve

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad The middle is also the time at which the audience tends to zone out

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad After going into depth, come back to your home slide to make transitions

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad Nontechnical General technical Specialist After going into depth, come back to your home slide to make transitions

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad Nontechnical General technical Specialist Let’s review “episode 1” (which we’ve already designed) and add a home slide

Questions addressed today::

Questions addressed today: • What molecular mechanisms regulate cell polarization? • What molecular mechanisms regulate lumen formation? • How do different tissues form different types of tubes?

EMK1 (also known as Par1) is a serine-threonine kinase that is essential for cell polarity :

EMK1 (also known as Par1) is a serine-threonine kinase that is essential for cell polarity EMK1 localizes to tight junctions

EMK1 / Par1 can be knocked down in MDCK (kidney) cells using siRNA methods:

RT-PCR Western MDCK cells EMK1 / Par1 can be knocked down in MDCK (kidney) cells using siRNA methods

Lumen formation is blocked in EMK1 knockdown cells :

gp135 Lumen formation is blocked in EMK1 knockdown cells b -catenin ZO-1 MDCK cells EMK1 knockdown

EMK1 knockdown cells also fail to form microvilli :

EMK1 knockdown cells also fail to form microvilli MDCK cells EMK1 knockdown

EMK1 is required for cell polarization :

EMK1 is required for cell polarization Normal MDCK cells: low [Ca ++ ] normal [Ca ++ ]

EMK1 is required for cell polarization :

EMK1 is required for cell polarization EMK1 knockdown cells: low [Ca ++ ] normal [Ca ++ ]

Use your home slide repeatedly to build a theme over time and enable the audience to catch up:

Use your home slide repeatedly to build a theme over time and enable the audience to catch up home slide Nontechnical General technical Specialist

Over the course of the talk, you can progressively build a fairly complex model:

Over the course of the talk, you can progressively build a fairly complex model final home slide Nontechnical General technical Specialist

EMK1 regulates microtubules and cell polarity in two steps :

EMK1 regulates microtubules and cell polarity in two steps

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad Focus now on conclusions

Audience attention increases as you signal the end of the talk – so avoid false endings!:

Audience attention increases as you signal the end of the talk – so avoid false endings! Audience attention curve

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad:

The structure of a good talk: start broad, get specific, and end broad End with the most specific conclusions then build back out to the “big picture”

EMK1 regulates microtubules and cell polarity in two steps:

EMK1 regulates microtubules and cell polarity in two steps

EMK1 can regulate the type of lumen formed by epithelial cells:

EMK1 can regulate the type of lumen formed by epithelial cells digestive enzymes bile Intestine: Liver:

This enables the body to make many different types of tubes in different organs:

This enables the body to make many different types of tubes in different organs digestive enzymes bile Intestine: Liver:

Organizing a great talk:

Organizing a great talk • Be smart about Powerpoint

Organizing a great talk:

Organizing a great talk • Be smart about Powerpoint • Your introduction should start broad then get specific

Organizing a great talk:

Organizing a great talk • Be smart about Powerpoint • Your introduction should start broad then get specific • Think of your talk as consisting of episodes

Organizing a great talk:

Organizing a great talk • Be smart about Powerpoint • Your introduction should start broad then get specific • Think of your talk as consisting of episodes • Use a home slide to make transitions effectively

Organizing a great talk:

Organizing a great talk • Be smart about Powerpoint • Your introduction should start broad then get specific • Think of your talk as consisting of episodes • Use a home slide to make transitions effectively • Your conclusion should start specific but end broadly

There is more to giving a good talk than showing good slides:

There is more to giving a good talk than showing good slides Do face the audience and make eye contact Do be enthusiastic and vary the tone of your voice, Don’t pace up and down but also don’t stand rigid! Don’t wave your pointer all over the slide Don’t take lots of drinks- it is distracting and unprofessional

There is more to giving a good talk than showing good slides:

There is more to giving a good talk than showing good slides Do practice beforehand, preferably using a video camera and timer Do ask your friends (and family) for feedback Don’t use too many gimmicks

Here are some of the things many listeners want from a talk::

Here are some of the things many listeners want from a talk:

PowerPoint Presentation:

A great resource is The Craft of Scientific Presentations by Michael Alley

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