By Faith Summersett-Ringgold
On April 19, 2013, public speaking coach, Scott Morgan, presented a poster presentation workshop to help postbacs at the NICHD prepare an engaging poster for the 2013 NIH Postbaccalaureate Poster Day. In his presentation, he highlighted critical questions that all posters should include:
- What is the main question?
- Why is this important, relevant, logical, or worth funding?
- Does data support the direction of research?
- What is the most exciting aspect of your project?
In addition, Mr. Morgan suggested that presenters should exude excitement about their work—if you are excited those listening will be excited as well! Another way to get listeners engaged is to ask what their interest are. This will allow you to connect their interests to your work so that your project becomes relevant to them. Last, convey the take-home message of your poster and the future plans for your project.