5 tips for Presenting Your Research Data.
After doing an excellent job of collecting and collating your research data, it’s time to perform. And performance is beyond verbal communication. Where most of your fellow research mates will kill your audience to boredom with their monotonous speeches, you can smartly step-in, deliver an experience and create a difference in research presentations.
To achieve this and stand apart from others, consider the 5 Golden Rules of Modern Research Data Presentation.
1. Tell a Story
Firstly, do away with your old and conventional habit of giving lengthy and fluent speeches. Instead, tell a story. From 6 to 60s, stories are of utmost interest to everyone. It is through interesting stories that you can engage your audience and sustain their ears till the end of your presentation. If your research involves comparisons and analysis, introduce characters to your work. That will be more appealing!! Above all, try to reduce the serious tempo of your voice. The best you can do is to tell a serious thing or deliver a strong message in simple and casual words. Storytelling is, therefore, the very first step towards a creative presentation of your research.
2. Use PowerPoint Dashboards
Just like you brought a change in your delivery, similarly, change the way you present facts and information. And with PowerPoint dashboards, what can be a more interesting way to communicate with your audience? You need not speak excess, just arrange your panels with the relevant information and show it to the viewers. Presenting dashboards will also bring a creative twist to your presentation. Since these are self-explanatory, you save your time and energy and allow your audience to fetch the necessary information themselves.
3. Infographics- A Ruling Trend
The interesting combo of information and graphics will bound to rule your presentation and make it way different than others. Use infographics to attract your viewers and impress upon them in the best possible way. Just like dashboards, these need not be further explained- another area where you talk less and teach more. While presenting infographics, use shorter texts, and stress on developing a proper balance between your texts, icons, and images, so that one is not overshadowed by the other. By presenting infographics along with dashboards, you shall create a vibrant and visually attractive presentation for your lovely audience.
4. Vox Pops
Yes, the age-old journalistic terminology, i.e. Vox Populi works wonders for your research presentation, even today. Till date, you’ve only put down opinions and views in the form of texts and blankly read it out. However, the clock now calls for a revamp. Record public speaking and present it through videos (if public opinions and views constitute a significant part of your research work). While putting in Vox Pops, cut short the videos. It is better to have more videos of just a few seconds since longer videos will again put your viewers off to sleep. Above all, use Vox pops only if it is required and even when you use it, be clever and smart enough to put it in the right place and be tactful.
And the last thing comes down to design. With the most attention-grabbing videos, infographics and dashboards; make sure that the design does not outshine the information present in the slides. The right approach will be first to finish the presentation and then think about design. Also, do away with another common habit of putting transitions in each and every slide. Think before you do so and give a matured presentation.
Such are the secrets of making an interactive and enthralling research presentation. And now that you know it all, it’s time to put your learning into practice. Keep all these rules in your mind and the next time when you deliver your research presentation, execute these points and captivate your audience till the last word.
A bonus tip- Once you’re done with your presentation, rehearse it. Don’t speak all the time. Take pause, be it one to two seconds or a few minutes and ensure that all the visual elements of your presentation (vox pops, infographics and dashboards) speak during these intervals.
Run-through your presentation, make sure to tune on to the video testimonials on-time and take your audience not through your research, but an experience. Good Luck is all Yours!!