Presenter Guidelines

Relax! This may be a new experience, but you will be presenting to interested (and interesting) people about something to which you have given a lot of thought. Remember, you know your essay more than anyone in the room because you wrote it!

Here are your presentation guidelines:

  • Arrive about 15 minutes before your session begins
  • Introduce yourself, make sure the session chair can pronounce your name correctly
  • You have 20 minutes to present; not any longer
    • Make sure that you have timed your presentation so that it is not cut short
    • If your time runs out way before you have reached the end of your presentation the audience may miss out on important information regarding your argument
  • Try to present rather than read your paper word for word
  • We highly recommend including visuals, whether it be handouts or a powerpoint*
  • Make sure your presentation does not stray too far from your original paper
  • You can (and are encouraged to) bring notecards or some other speaking guide
  • Make sure you understand the gestures the session chair will use to signal time
  • After you present, the session chair will introduce the discussant, who will ask some questions to help start conversation. This will last about 3 minutes.
  • The session chair will then open the floor for discussion. This is basically a 10-15 minute Q&A session.

Each paper presentation (presentation+discussant+Q&A) lasts 45 minutes. Each session consists of two paper presentations and thus lasts an hour and a half.

If you need any sort of equipment (i.e. computer, easel, projector), please let us know in advance. Please bring any presentations on a flash drive.

As a courtesy to the other speakers, you are expected to be present for and participate in the entire session to which you have been assigned.

Above all, have fun!

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