Tips for presenting a poster - Anna L. Smith

Before

During

Talking viewers through your poster:

There are a few different ways of actually presenting your poster to a viewer. One way is to let the viewer read your poster, then start a discussion based their questions or comments. If they don’t seem to have any comments to really start a discussion with, you can further elaborate on your conclusions or talk about the hardest or most interesting part of your research. This approach is good for people who would rather have a conversation than give a presentation.
                  Another method of poster presentation is having a prepared script of what you would like to say and walk the viewers through your poster. This approach might not work as well with viewers who have read the poster prior to meeting with you. While walking through your research, you can draw attention to specific areas. Often, the viewer may ask a question while you are presenting. Don’t be afraid to let the discussion move away from your script. You need to be sure to know your script well enough to handle these sorts of interruptions. Be sure to not let your speech sound like a practiced speech. Keep the tone conversational. If you have more than a few people viewing your poster at one time, consider this approach.
                  When viewers come up to your poster, you can always greet them, then ask, “Would you like to read the poster, or have me walk you through it?” This offers you the opportunity to meet the viewer’s expectations and preferences.

After:

Don’t wait to send out emails to the people on your sign-up list until a week later. It’s best to do it the same day, if possible, while you still remember the discussions. Be sure to introduce yourself and your paper again. Take a minute to make the email a little personal. If someone was especially interested in a certain phase or aspect of your research, put where in your paper that information is located. If you would like to elaborate on something, this is the place to do it. Don’t just repeat what’s in your paper, though. Thank them for their time and let them know you enjoyed discussing your research with them.

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