21st International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2012), Prato, Italy, August 29-30, 2012
The ISD2012 presentation sessions are scheduled in groups of 3-4 papers. Each paper is allocated:
20 minutes for the presentation and
8 minutes for questions and discussion;
2 minutes change over time between presenters.
ISD2012 encourages the use of PowerPoint for presentations. To help you prepare for a successful
presentation, these guidelines offer some hints and suggestions.
Prepare your PowerPoint presentation
- Select the key points only for each of your PowerPoint slides. Keep the amount of
information on each slide to a minimum.
- Use a standard font such as Times Roman, Ariel or Tahoma, and a relatively large font size so
that the information is readable from the back of a relatively large room.
- While you can insert images directly into your PowerPoint presentation, try to keep these
to a minimum. Images that are created at a dpi setting higher than 75 dpi are not necessary
and will only increase the file size of your presentation. JPG images are the preferred file
format for inserted images.
- Use of animation also needs to be restricted. Although animation can enliven a presentation,
it may also be distracting and annoying. If you plan to animate various components in your presentation
(slide titles, graphic elements, bulleted text, etc), try to be as consistent as
- As a rule of thumb, the number of slides in your presentation should be less than the
presentation time allowed e.g. 10 slides for a 15 minute presentation allows you to speak for
1.5 minutes for each slide.
- Practice your presentation to check on clarity of ideas and timing e.g. as a department
seminar for your academic colleagues and PhD students.
- It is best to bring a paper copy of your presentation with you to the conference as well as
the PowerPoint file.
Final preparations before you present
- Plan to arrive at your session meeting room at least 15 minutes before the session begins.
Take time to familiarize yourself with the set-up of the room. You will control/advance the
slides during your presentation.
- Check in with the Session Chair and take time to go over any last minute changes you might
have. You, or one of your co-authors, MUST be present during the start of the session.
- To keep the program on schedule you need to load your PowerPoint presentation in the
break before your session.
- Equipment set up: Each room will be equipped with a computer, data projector and screen.
Delivering your presentation
- When presenting, make sure you speak slowly and clearly and avoid reading from the slide.
Address the audience when you are speaking.
- If your topic allows or if you have time, as in a workshop format session, you may consider
involving the audience by asking questions. This is a great way to keep the audience
interested in your presentation.
- Try to relax and have fun when you are up there. Include stories where relevant to illustrate
your key points.
- Remember to keep to your allocated time. The Chair will indicate when you have 5 minutes
and then 2 minutes of your allotted time left. When the Session Chair signals that your time
is up, you need to stop talking quite quickly.
- Bring spare copies of your Business Card to exchange with scholars who are interested in
follow up conversations about your research.
- You have been allotted 8 minutes for discussion. In addition to answering questions about
your paper it is a unique opportunity to gain insight into your audience's understanding of
your presentation and to gain feedback on your ideas, theories and paper.
Notes for users of Apple computers
- Ensure that your presentation will be compatible with the Windows-based platforms and
- Images: Use common image formats that are cross platform compatible such as JPG, PNG,
GIF, and BMP.
- Fonts: Use common cross platform compatible fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial and
Courier. As it may be necessary to load your presentation onto a Windows machine, many
custom Mac fonts will not translate properly.
- Animations: Use simple entry animation effects, such as fly in/out, appear, and dissolve.
Also, do not use exit animations: PowerPoint 2000 for Windows does not support exit
- File Extensions: If your Mac version of office does not append the file extension, be sure to
include it in your filename. Use .PPT for PowerPoint files and .PPS for PowerPoint slideshow.