General

  • Lightning talks will last no longer than five minutes.
  • Please don’t include videos in your presentation.
  • Do not use more than 10 slides, ideally aim for 6.
  • 10 minutes will be assigned at the end for Q&A.
  • Each lightning talk will be assigned to a specific session/slot, with an allocated chair. This information will be sent to presenters after registration closes.
  • Lightning talks should be sent to crest@lancaster.ac.uk by 1st July latest to allow us to stitch them together. This will ensure smooth running on the day.

Helpful tips

For slides

  • Outline your presentation before designing your slide deck, then create slides to communicate the main points in your outline. 
  • Make only one point per slide.
  • Don’t use too many words on each slide.
  • Choose large, bold, and clearly legible fonts. 
  • Write a loose script with the information you want to include with each slide. 

For delivery

  • Don’t rush. Don’t speak faster, instead say less.
  • As with any presentation, customise it for your audience. Think carefully about use of specialist language and long side-explanations.
  • Keep it simple. Avoid extra detail and never go off on a tangent.
  • Practice frequently not only to improve your delivery but also to ensure you cover each slide in the given time period.
  • Practice in front of others and request feedback, but also try recording yourself and watching it back to conduct your own critique. 
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