General

  • Presentations will last 20 minutes, with 10 minutes assigned at the end for Q&A.
  • Each presentation will be assigned to a specific session/slot, with an allocated chair. This information will be sent to presenters after registration closes.
  • Your document must be saved in PowerPoint only.
  • If you wish to embed a short video in your PowerPoint presentation, please let us know asap. We will need to see a test of your presentation to ensure it runs correctly. Email to: crest@lancaster.ac.uk
  • Your PowerPoint file must be no larger than 8mb. You can reduce image size by going to the Picture Format tab. Click on this tab, and then find the Compress Pictures option. On this menu, there are two key settings to double check:
    • Ensure that Delete Cropped Areas of pictures is ticked.
    • Set a Resolution on the low-end of the options, such as 96 ppi to really reduce the fidelity of images and reduce the file size. .)
  • You can email your final presentation to crest@lancaster.ac.uk any time between now and 1st July. After 1st July, please bring with you on USB stick, this will be loaded onto the system 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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