5-7 October, Berlin, Germany

Hints for Preparation

1.Do not cover too much ground. Leave the fine details for publication and discuss only the major points of your work, supported by the conclusions drawn from your data. Remember you are trying to communicate with the audience in a limited time. A rushed presentation is of no use to the audience or to your reputation.
2. Write out your presentation and practice it with a critic. This may help you to organise your material.
3. Practice and edit your presentation until you can deliver it clearly and understandably within the time allotted to you. If you exceed the allotted time, the session moderator may have to terminate your presentation.
4. Simplify – simplify – simplify: Keep data on slides simple. If there is an abundance of data, divide it into several slides. Simplify material on the slide to illustrate a single point or idea. The content of a slide should be comprehensible in 20 seconds.
5. Limit your slides to not more than two for each minute of your presentation. Think of people in the rear of the meeting room and use large, legible letters. A message slide should have no more than 7 lines with 7 words or less per line. Spaces between lines should be at least the height of a capital letter. Use only light colours such as white yellow, light orange, light green or light blue on a dark background, such as dark blue or black (white on black background is better than black on white). Remember that almost 20% of the population is unable to see red letters.
6. Be sure the information on the slides of your radiographs is well presented – enlargements of the significant areas and arrows are often helpful.
7. Do not overuse fancy animations available in PowerPoint.
8. Avoid any sexist jokes, comments and slides.
9. Patient names should not appear on the slides. This would be a violation of patient confidentiality.
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