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Preparing Your Presentation

General Instructions

As you prepare your presentation for the IADMS Annual Conference, we ask that you follow these guidelines:

  1. IADMS is a multi-disciplinary organization and your presentation should attempt to address all attendees: dancers, dance educators, dance science researchers, body-work practitioners (including Pilates) and medical practitioners (including physical therapists/physiotherapists, athletic trainers, physicians and surgeons).

  2. IADMS enhances the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.  Carefully consider how your subject is relevant to this purpose and include this in your presentation.

  3. Should your presentation concern specific research findings, address the applicability of this research to dance education and dance medicine.

  4. Make a statement at the beginning of your presentation with your financial disclosures:  Lecture presenters should insert a slide; movement session presenters should make a oral statement; poster presenters should place a statement at the bottom of their poster.  Use one of these 2 statements: 

    • Disclosures
      [Insert presenter name(s)] have no financial disclosures that would be a potential conflict of interest with this presentation. 

    • Disclosures
      [Insert presenter name(s)] have the following financial disclosures:
      [Insert disclosure specifics]

  5. Avoid the use of any and all abbreviations - these can be very confusing to delegates from different countries and diverse professional backgrounds. Clearly define any abbreviations that you feel you must use.

  6. Design recommendations 
    Make your presentation visually accessible.  Be sure that your slides are clear and uncluttered.  Remember that your presentation will be projected in a large, partially lit auditorium and that many in the audience will not be native English speakers.

    • Use large, bold fonts.
    • Use high contrast: light-colored text (white, yellow) on a dark background (blue, black), or dark text (black) on a light background.
    • Do not use dark red text (with any background color) -- no matter how legible it appears on your computer, it will not be legible in a lecture room.
    • Use no more than 15-25 words and 1-2 graphics (images such as photographs, x-rays, etc.) per slide.
    • Larger images are easier for the attendees to view -- graphics and tables should be enlarged to the maximum size possible.
    • In general, it is preferable to use multiple slides with less material on each slide, rather than using numerous words and several graphics on a single slide.

  7. Rehearse your presentation out loud with your slides and speak slowly enough to ensure that those who do not speak English as their native language will be able to comprehend your points.  Be sure to allow enough time for audience discussion -- delegates always comment that they highly value these interactions.

  8. Be prepared to speak slowly and clearly, since English is not the native language for many attendees.

  9. Be sure to review the complete technical specifications and computer instructions.

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