Why are most academic presentations so bad? Well, most people who give presentations have not actually considered what is good practice in this field and most students have had such poor examples presented to them by academics that they do not know any better.
Many lessons come from the world of business which is now moving away from text-rich slides full of bullet points to more visually interesting slides. Death by PowerPoint is a phrase often used to describe a presentation that is so dominated by the excessive use of PowerPoint features (bullet points, animations, complex diagrams, clip art etc) that the content is lost and the audience is brain dead by the end of it.
The pages in this guide will introduce you to good practice in creating and delivering presentations which should ensure that your content is given centre stage and your audience is engaged with both you and your material.