Oral Reports

Some Guidelines:
1.) Your handout must include an abstract (revised, if necessary, according to instructor’s instructions) plus at least one relevant image. (Color is better.) Be sure to give include the Title of your project and your name on the handout. You MUST email the instructor a copy of the handout by Tuesday morning at 7:30 A.m. and you are expected to provide 35 printed copies of this handout to the class. Be sure the instructor gets TWO copies of this printed handout. Note: I am willing to print out in color any handouts which I receive by Monday morning at 8 AM. Any handouts submitted after that time are the presenter’s responsibility. These handouts will be in my office on Monday. It will be your responsibility to pick them up. I will not bring them on Tuesday.
2.) Your presentation should be no shorter than five minutes but no longer than six.
3.) In your presentation you will not simply read the abstract. Rather you should talk about your project and use the abstract and the image(s) as talking points to explain your project to the class.
4.) Think about ways to present your material in an original and memorable way. It does not have to be a monotone presentation. Make it interesting! For example, you could enlist a second class member to help you in some way.
5.) No Powerpoints or videos can be used. It is just you and your abstract.
6.) Think about your audience. Don’t stare at a piece of paper. Look at your audience and engage them with appropriate eye contact.
7.) Remember that the acoustics in this room are poor and that your instructor wears hearing aids. Speak clearly and project your voice to be heard in the back of the room, where your instructor will sit.
8.) Do not miss this session. There are no make-ups for this presentation.

Additional advice about earning a good grade:
1.) Follow the instructions provided above.
2.) Make sure your handout looks professional.
3.) Make sure that your presentation accurately describes your project.
4.) Make sure your presentation is audible and comprehensible to your audience.
4.) Do try to make your presentation memorable and interesting.

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at tjsienkewicz@monmouthcollege.edu.

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