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I need help making my presenting thing now to go alone with my paper that you helped me with. This presenting needs to be up to 10 minutes. My teacher said I can have some notes like 4 to 5 pages mybe cause 2 pages is about 2 minutes of talking. I need to cover my whole paper though. I am going to give the guidelines but think I want you to do the talking presenting one please.

Conference Presentations:A Handout

Academic presentations generally take two forms (this is true on zoom, too):

  1. The Paper Presentation—this is when a presenter reads from a paper written for the conference.While the tone of the paper is not as formal as a written essay or article, it still has an academic voice, but with thought given to the fact that the audience will have to follow the oral presentation rather than be able to read through the paper themselves. The presenter is less likely to use PowerPoint and visual aids.
  2. “Talking” Presentation—this is when the presenter relies on notes and memory in order to talk about his/her topic.The tone is still scholarly, but the presentation may have more of a conversational feel to it, as the presenter is not restricted by a formal paper.Often, the presenter will use PowerPoint or other visual aids.

In both cases, you are condensing your entire thesis to this 10-minute presentation. This will take some careful thought and planning. Limit the scope of your presentation. You will not be able to include your entire thesis in 10 minutes.Consider a detailed summary of the thesis, or even give a brief overview of the thesis and then focus on presenting one element of the thesis.

How to Prepare

  1. If you’re doing a talking presentation, prepare the slides, and practice the presentation. Type up some notes so that you are clearly organized and not just reading the slides. Do not put everything on the slides! People want to hear you, and your slides are only there to keep your audience organized and help guide them through your talk.
  2. If you’re doing a paper presentation, know the length of your paper – the general rule is one double-spaced page of text takes about 2 minutes to read.Therefore, for a 10-minute presentation, have no more than 5 pages.Having about 4.5 pages will let you not rush.
  3. Practice a few times, out loud.Yes, it will feel strange.Try to read it in front of an audience – a roommate, a friend, a cat.Ask them for feedback about your presentation style (the cat will probably not be too forthcoming.)
  4. Note any difficult-to-pronounce words or names.Practice these, or reword to get rid of them!

Dealing with Quotes

If possible, try to avoid quoting too much – it’s a lot harder to read someone else’s words than your own!If you do need to quote, indicate clearly that you’re quoting – remember, your audience can’t see those quote marks on your page!I often do something like this:

The question of the nature of love versus lust is a major issue in Shakespeare’s sonnets; as Sue Borrall states in her analysis of Sonnet 129, and I quote, “the experience of lust has never been better explained.” End quote.

The phrases “and I quote” and “end quote” act as verbal quote marks.

Other methods of dealing with quotes include putting the quotes on a slide or a handout, and referencing people to that when you’re reading the quote.This is especially appropriate for primary texts that you will want to be able to refer the reader back to as you’re analyzing.


A slide/slide show can be a useful thing – it enables you to provide a listener with your main points, your quoted material, and/or images that you want your listeners to be able to observe while you speak (like Mr. Pickles to the right). Note: even if you do a paper presentation, a slide with a specific quote can be useful.

Don’t make your slide too wordy or so complex that your readers spend more attention on reading than listening to your paper.So, avoid too much text, overly complex slides, and distracting design or animation elements.

Be prepared for technology not to work, too, and have back-up handouts of your slides just in case.


Faculty will evaluate your presentation.They will score your presentation and then deliver those scores to your professor of record.

Adapted from Drs. R. Anderson & C. McLeod.

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