Note: You may recycle this guide for your conference, but please credit us as follows: "Presentation Guidelines adapted from those created for the 2012 Midwest Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium (MSEPS) hosted at Michigan State University." Thank you.

If you are reading this, congratulations!  You are presenting at MSEPS 2012!  Please read through this page, as it will outline our oral presentation and poster session procedures and also provide some basic tips for crafting a great presentation.  If you have any questions about presenting, please do not hesitate to contact us.  See you soon!

Please note: Oral presentations and posters are for research purposes only, not for any commercial or marketing activities.

Oral Presentation Guidelines
  • Presentations will be 15 minutes total.  Please plan to speak for 10-12 minutes, which will allow for 3-5 minutes of questions.  The purpose of presentations is not solely to display your work, but also to receive feedback, hear new ideas, and interact with other scholars about your work and interests.  Talking for the entire 15 minutes prevents those interactions from occurring.  Again, plan to speak for no more than 12 minutes.
  • Going along with the previous point, we will cut you off after 12 minutes!  Because we received so many submissions, we have a packed schedule to keep and going over your allotted time is disrespectful to the other presenters.  Please, practice your presentation and make sure you are talking for no more than 12 minutes, which will allow a few minutes for questions.
    • Tip: A common rule of thumb is 1 minute per slide.
  • Before the conference begins, you will load your presentation onto the computer.  If you use a Mac, please check to see that your presentation runs smoothly on a PC. You will not be allowed to hook up your computer to the projector.
  • If  you are presenting a research/intervention proposal, you should probably spend 5 minutes on the lit review, setting up why it's important, and the remaining 5-7 minutes on your methods.
  • If  you are presenting a completed study, you should probably spend 4 minutes on the lit review and methods, and the remaining 6-8 minutes on your results and discussion. 
Oral Presentation Tips

How NOT To Use PowerPoint

  • Watch this video.  Yes, it's funny, but it's also true.  Please avoid:
    • reading directly off your slides (words on slides should act as cues about what you will say or emphasize major points),
    • putting too much text on slides (slides should look simple - some white space is okay!),
    • having unreadable figures (sometimes models are complicated - try to narrow in on the pieces of it you are studying),
    • spelling/grammar errors (spellcheckers exists for a reason),
    • poor color schemes (read up on effective color contrast),
    • fancy slide transitions that take up time ("Appear" works just fine).
  • Look through the AASP Student Presentation Guide (pdf), which has lots of good information in it.
  • Practice in front of someone.  Other people will be able to catch spelling/grammar/formatting errors that you might miss and will tell you if something doesn't make sense or if you are spending too much time on one slide.
  • Keep your presentation in multiple places.  Email it to yourself, keep it on a flash drive, and print out one copy of your presentation slides.  (It is always good to have a paper back-up of your presentation so you will have something to go off of in case of any technical problems).
  • Feel free to use Prezi or other presentation software.  Just test it out and to make sure it will work!
  • Last, practice practice practice!
Poster Presentation Tips


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