presentation tips

Presentations with Maximum Impact: Moving Faculty Forward

Public speaking is a way of life for almost all accounting faculty. We speak multiple times a week for student audiences in class. Further, we also present for groups of practicing professionals, to campus colleagues in administrative meetings, and for faculty peers at conferences related to our discipline. However, few of us have significant formal training in giving presentations (beyond high school speech class!). There appears to be an implicit assumption that accurate content is the main requirement for making an effective presentation. But as frequent audience members as well, we know that assumption is not true. We know there are speakers who are more compelling, interesting, and easy to follow. Is good speaking only a matter of raw talent, or is there some guidance available that could make us more effective in this venture?
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The Use of Visual Aids in Financial Reporting Courses

Existing literature suggests that visual aids increase learning, particularly where complex materials are being presented. Baker, Jones and Burkman (2009) provide a framework that suggests that sense making will be improved by visual aids when the visual aids possess several of the following four aspects: (1) support the four basic human visual perceptual approaches of association, differentiation, ordered perception, and quantitative perception, (2) have strong Gestalt properties, (3) are consistent with the viewer’s stored knowledge, and (4) support analogical reasoning.

This paper discusses the author’s experience with two applications of visual aids in his financial reporting courses. Although he discusses the specific application of these visual aids to the topic of intercompany investments, the general approach should be applicable to other financial accounting topics. Read More…


Creating Video for Your Courses

For decades, the video camera has been a favorite tool of those who want to capture meaningful moments or present their creative vision onscreen. Over the years, many innovative instructors had also found ways to create video that inspired their students and demonstrated key course concepts in a way that transcended words. Now, with the growth of online learning and the rise of interest in the “flipped classroom” model, more instructors are choosing to use video as a means of presenting valuable course content. If you are among these instructors, you are likely also investigating the best tools you can use to Read More…


Tips for Students: Overcoming Your Fears of Public Speaking

Very few people have the natural ability to walk up to a podium and deliver a perfect presentation without any sort of training—or fear. Indeed, most speakers gain their polish through practice, as well as through dedication to building the skills that increase their competence, confidence, and credibility as speakers. If you include a speech or presentation as part of your class assignments, you probably have a number of students whose anticipation of that due date ranges from nervousness and apprehension to outright dread. And if they haven’t been exposed to speech or performance training, they may not realize Read More…


Activity: Selecting Appropriate Presentation Aids

Though you may not (yet!) be as dynamic as your favorite lecturers, philosophers, authors, or comedians, you probably draw some form of inspiration from them. Perhaps you’ve observed their use of charts and graphs and noticed that you can indeed present data in a compelling manner. Maybe you admire the way they use working scale models to bring their ideas to life. Or, possibly, you’ve noted their decision not to rely on hundred-slide presentation decks in a forum that’s usually packed with laser-pointer-wielding speakers. As a result, you’ve now added new tools and techniques to your repertoire. Just as you Read More…


Learning the Latest Presentation Software

Whether you’re conducting a classroom lecture, leading a department meeting, or presenting your research at an international symposium, you want to leave your audience with a positive impression of your work and a clear understanding of your message. You know that software can help you create a colorful, memorable presentation, yet you don’t want to build a slide deck that is either dull and unengaging or overly flashy and overwhelming to the viewers. Though you can choose from a variety of presentation software options, you likely have Microsoft® PowerPoint® readily available to to you. Given that Microsoft Office 2013 came out Read More…


Perfecting Your Online Presentations

Even if you have finely tuned lecture and presentation skills, the act of conducting a presentation online may be new to you. Though the process of planning a presentation is, in many respects, the same, you’ll have a few additional matters to consider before you share your message with an online audience. Below, you’ll find some suggestions adapted from Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry’s E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success, Fourth Edition, which will help ensure successful online presentations. These may also benefit your students if and when they’re required to present Read More…


Preparing for Your Lectures

Though your fall term may already be in full swing, you may have noticed that the students who once listened to your lectures attentively now seem more distracted and disengaged. Or, perhaps you’re a month or so into a new teaching job and you recognize a need to refine the process you use to prepare your talks. If you find yourself in these or similar scenarios, you may want to review some suggestions that can help you present your course material with maximum effectiveness. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert Read More…


Hot Technologies and Cool Applications for Your Classroom

Whether you teach history or human physiology, accounting or architecture, there’s a way for you to bring the latest technologies into your classroom in an engaging and entertaining way. In this presentation from Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology Conference, Mark Frydenberg and Corinne Hoisington demonstrate how you can use a variety of technologies and applications to get your students involved in and excited about the topics you’re covering in class that day. You’ll see a variety of low- and no-cost tools that allow you to share and collaborate over online content, build dynamic timelines, create interactive images, “publish” your own Read More…


Grabbing Learners’ Attention Back from the Brink of Distraction

You may have a classroom full of learners… but are their minds as present as their bodies? Your students do maintain their personal responsibility to pay attention. However, with a few simple steps, you can help facilitate their ability to stay mentally — as well as physically — involved in the class. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, Fourteenth Edition, Wilbert J. McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki share several suggestions for maintaining your listeners’ attention throughout the entire class period:

    Change up your presentation. Subtle shifts in your body movement, vocal tone, pacing, and use of audio and visual aids can capture your listeners’ attention
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