Poster Session Presentations
If you are presenting during a poster session, you have a designated session time slot during which you will present your poster and interact with attendees about your work. The tips below will be updated in September to reflect the virtual format of this year’s Convention.
Poster Presentation Tips:
- Develop a “talk” that will complement your poster’s information; consider probable viewer questions as you prepare.
- Prepare a few different versions of your poster “talk”:
- a quick 30-second overview of the project
- a 60-second summary plus brief explanations about each major poster heading
- a 3-minute explanation of the poster and its visual content
- Practice your talk, complete with gestures, while maintaining eye contact.
- During the poster session, allow viewers some time to look at poster’s content, particularly the visuals, and then tell them about it.
- Bring your business cards and a stack of handouts that summarize your presentation for attendees to take away from your session.
- Bring a sign-up sheet to collect contact information to email additional information after the Convention to those interested.
- Posters should be readable from a distance of 5 to 10 feet. (Use at least 48-point font for titles and 36-point for body text and tables.)
- Include images to support your argument and capture viewers’ interest.
- Limit text (no more than 800 words); use headings, bulleted lists, and enumeration where possible.
- Select highly legible font styles (no more than three) and use them consistently throughout.
- Use dark text on a light background to maximize readability.
- Don’t overdo color; select a color scheme and use color strategically. (Overuse of bright colors or use of clashing colors can distract readers.)
- There are many websites that provide practical advice in how to design an effective poster presentation, including the following: