Guidelines for Oral Presentation


  • Please use Microsoft PowerPoint™ version 2016 and save the presentation file as .pptx
  • Video files must be integrated in the PowerPoint™ presentation in one of the following formats (.mov / .mp4)
  • Please use screen resolution of 16:9
  • Please bring a USB with your presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint™ version 2016) to the technician at the Speakers Preview Room at least 2 hours before the allocated presentation time slot
  • Please select the ‘Font TrueType’ option on Microsoft PowerPoint™

General Guidelines and Recommendations

Preparation Recommendations:

  • Plan your presentation carefully
  • Co-ordinate each phase of your lecture with your PowerPoint™ slides
  • Number the sheets at the bottom of the page, and have them in proper order and position
  • Avoid unfamiliar abbreviations or expressions
  • Your copy should be highly legible (ALL CAPITALS, for instance) double or triple-spaced, with well-marked cues for slides
  • For PowerPoint™ slides, contrast colour such as black background and white text usually works better.
  • Optimise the visual simplicity of your slides – use few words and avoid sentences
  • Try not to use more than 6 bullet points per slide
  • Leave out text you do not plan to discuss
  • Use several slides to cover a detailed topic that cannot be logically included on one slide
  • If you must refer to one slide on several occasions during your presentation, use duplicates instead of trying to return to the original
  • To coin a phrase, graphs often speak louder than words