From Business meet-ups to classrooms, presentations are everywhere. Most of them are quite boring. According to some studies, average only 30% of audiences are listening to a presentation with attention.
Everyone wants to deliver a Wow presentation rather than a Meh. This is what determines that either your audiences are listening to you or not. Making a Wow presentation certainly needs a lot more work and research than that we might spend normally.
Start with a Story
I always found it very useful and engaging when you start your talk with a story relevant to the topic. There are certain things you must keep in mind about the story. It impresses the audience more if the story is based on your experience rather than a textbook novel.
Keep it concise and be very careful in the words and dialogues you choose to speak. If you don’t have something of your own then please avoid telling anything which is too common.
Originality of Content
If you presenting on someone’s else research or data then forget that you can deliver a Wow presentation. I have even seen people downloading the presentations from sites like SlideShare and presenting them at different forums. It’s a Sin.
You can’t impress people if there is nothing in the presentation that you have on your own. Even if your copying the design or template of someone, this means you are trying to fit in someone’s work. That’s a terrible idea.
Even if your presentation is based on some general topic rather than some research presentation, search the Internet and gather some valuable content.
Careful Use of Visual Aid
Let me be very clear here, the purpose of PowerPoint Presentation is just to visually assist you. It is not something you should be reading from when you are talking to your audiences.
Be very careful while you are making your Presentation slides. Your audiences will not Wow on your presentation if you have every piece of text you are going to speak on your slides.
People giving Wow presentations only add some clues in their slides rather than the whole of their codex gega. Careful use of media such as images and videos is also important. So, no need to add to anything in your slide that already everywhere on the internet not much necessary to add.
If you aren’t ready to invest your time in preparing your presentation then expect a meh rather than a wow. A Wow presentation is always have something new for the audiences irrespective of the topic of which you are speaking.
People will love to hear about the Wow moment of your presentation. People be proud to share here.
PDF files are the best way to store, share and read your documents without disturbing the format of the original file. Being a researcher, you will encounter a lot of PDFs during your research span.
Whether it’s your résumé, research paper, a tax form, e-book, user guide or a web page, you can’t go wrong using a PDF. Chances are you’ve already got a free PDF reader installed on your computer, but you can do a lot more with your PDF files than you might think. Following are 10 best tricks that you can do with your PDF files.
Convert PDF to Word Online
Converting PDF file to Word is necessary when you want to make certain changes in your PDF such as changing design, photos or text. I found it also useful in copying text or images from a PDF file. Adobe Acrobat premium can do this for but it cost you a paid subscription.
A PDF file can be converted into Word for free using a tool known as smallPDF. This tool has a limit of 2 conversions in an hour. If you want to do more than that, you can use another tool PDF to DOCX.
Speed Up PDF File
PDF can be very slow sometimes to open. This primarily occurs due to the too much multimedia content in your PDF or unnecessary add-ons in installed with your PDF Reader. There is a tool which makes Acrobat and Reader load faster by disabling plug-ins, updates, splash screens, and other startup slowdowns.
You can allow the plug-ins and features you want or enable them as you need them. You can download the tool from CNET.
Merge PDF Files Online
Sometimes you need to combine different book chapters or research papers in a single PDF. Merging those PDF files can help you a lot and saves you from the trouble of handling these files anymore.
You guessed right! there is a free online tool that lets you combine multiple PDF files into one single file. Now either it’s the multiple quotations files of your chemicals for project or book chapters, merge them and either send them or keep them as one. Use the tool here.
Edit PDF Files Online
I love to write, draw shapes and add different images to PDF files. I do it for different purposes including,
Making notes for myself while reading PDF
Replacing some text or the photo
Explaining any point in PDF before sending to someone
It matters how it serves your purpose but editing PDF is very helpful especially when you can do it online for free on this tool.
Password Protect PDF File Online
Encryption (simply Password Protection) of PDF file can help you to hide the content of your file and ensures the secrecy. There are two different ways to do. One is while creating the PDF file using Microsoft Office. This is the built-in feature of Microsoft Office. This can be applied to .Docx files also. How to Geek have explained it how to do it.
Alternatively, this can be done via an online tool as well. You just have to upload your file to this tool and this will password protect your PDF file. Above method is more recommended than this one.
Remove Password of PDF File Online
Removing password from PDF file is possible if the encryption used on the file is not so much strong. If the encryption is strong, you won’t be able to remove the password. There is an online tool that can remove the password from the PDF file for you. You can use this tool here.
Add Watermark to PDF File Online
Watermarking the PDF file can be very useful if you are going to make your report or paper public. This will help you in branding as well as promoting your organization or institution. Watermark can be added while creating the PDF file using your office software as explained on Microsoft Website.
If you have already created the PDF file, then you can do this now as well. Using this tool, you can not only stamp text on the PDF file as a watermark but Images as well.
Convert PDF to JPEG or PNG Online
If you are looking to send a specific graph, chart or photo from a PDF to someone then converting your PDF into JPEG or PNG can be helpful. You don’t need to send the whole file to the recipient. Webmasters or bloggers also require this when they want to show some part of the PDF online while overloading their web page.
There is no technicality in converting the PDF file into PNG, an online tool can do this for free in few seconds. You can do this using this online tool.
Convert Any format to PDF Online
If you are working with any application of Microsoft Office, you can convert it into PDF file using built-in save as function. But if there is any other file format you are working with or somehow if your that function is not working, you can use this free online tool to convert your any file format to PDF.
Save Web page as PDF
This is a very routine thing for me to save the web page as PDF. It helps me to read articles later offline or print them. You can also use this feature when you have a limited access to some web page or research article.
This can be done directly using browser action. Press Ctrl + P, a dialogue box will appear. Click on “Change” and select the option of PDF and then press the blue button of save as demonstrated in below picture.
These PDF tricks are entirely based on my own experience. You can also contribute to this article by sharing your experience in the comment box below. Please make sure to share this article with your friends and colleagues.
Spending couple of months or years in research seems less difficult as compared to presenting it. Presenting your research work to a bunch of experts can be very difficult sometimes. Your audience will only like well-crafted presentation.
There are certain things you need to take care of. Presenting a research paper is quite different from a talk or any other presentation. In research paper presentation, you are going to discuss everything that you have done and achieved during your research in limited time.
There is a specific outline that experts recommend that you must follow during your research paper presentation.
Research Paper Presentation Outline
Give the brief introduction of your work. For example, if you are going to work on a disease than describe the
disease. Focus on the things on which you have worked on. If you are working on genes of that disease then it will be important discuss the genetic pathways of the disease in your introduction.
You may discuss the “problem” on which you have worked on during your research.
Things that you need to remember,
Focus on the relevant information
Do not more than 3 slides on the introduction
It’s about the recipe and spices of your research work. Mention all the materials that were required to do the task and how miraculously you did it. Using flowcharts in your PowerPoint slides can help you to present it in the more engaging way.
Try to fit it in 2 slides only. Emphasis on any special equipment or build that you have used during your work.
Tell your audience about the verifiable objectives you had while doing this research. It doesn’t matter if they vary from your results, it is necessary to tell the audience what were you looking for.
Consume only one slide
Make it concise
You are allowed to use fancy words or good vocabulary here
Results and Discussion
Write down your results, most possibly in the form of the table. Try not to confuse your audience with so much numerical data so charts will work fine. Highlight if you have something novel in your results.
Try to interpret your results in 2-3 points. The conclusion must be very meaningful for audiences. It must not be ambiguous. Usually, a single statement is enough.
What can be done more on your particle topic? This is very important if you are going to pursue the same topic in your further studies. It will help you to have a future objective for yourself.
There should be 5*5 rules in each slide. I.e. there are five words in one sentence and there should be five lines on one slide.
Data should be in the form of small key points or bullets. Data should not be in paragraph form on the slide. It should be precise. Slides are not for the audience it just hints for the presenter. The presenter should explain all terms and every concept that is written on slide.
Standard heading size is 44 while standard text size is 32.
Make link of one slide with the second slide during the presentation. For example, tell the audience what they will listen and see in next slide.
The template of PowerPoint presentation should not have shocking color. Text color should be in contrast with template color. If somewhere in slides text color is same as template audience would not be able to see what is written on it.
There should be slide number on every slide except title slide.
All slides should be in homogeneity. The presenter should use either upper case or lower case alphabets in the text of the whole presentation.
There should be the use of animations but no use of transitions.
There should be a table of content of presentation on the slide next to title slide. By explaining this presenter should give an overview of the whole presentation.