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Ok, the hard work is done – now you just have to answer questions and to convince others that what you have done is excellent and worthwhile!

Good preparation will ensure that you
get the most out of this opportunity to
meet interesting contacts within the industry, potential employers, and
meet like-minded individuals.

Remember: You are not being judged on your work alone - but on how you present your work and how interesting you make
it - i.e. your presentation abilities.

Here are some tips to help
you prepare for this event:


whitebullet Practice questions and answers before the day.
whitebullet Prepare a 3-5 minute verbal explanation / prepare a brief script.
whitebullet Present to your lab group (this will be a dry run of your poster presentation).
whitebullet Arrive early and hang your poster asap (check out Hess’s Hanging Kit tips)
whitebullet Have a postcard summary handout of your poster for people to take with them.
whitebullet Don’t stand directly in front of your poster, preventing visitors from viewing your work.
whitebullet You may even want to have some business cards to include with your flier. Put these additional pieces of information (handouts, business cards, reprints) nearby on a table or in an envelope hung with the poster
so that visitors can help themselves.
whitebullet Bring a notepad - to take down suggestions raised by visitors, as well as pointers from viewing other
posters on the day. If judges or external examiners query you on something that isn’t on your poster,
it is a good indicator of what you should include on your poster next time.
whitebullet Make sure you know how you arrived at your statistics/quantitative results, as you will almost certainly be asked about this. If anything is extremely difficult to recite verbatim, make sure it is printed on the poster
itself or on your summary flier.
whitebullet During quiet times of the event, walk around to view other peoples’ posters and see what you
wished you’d done or not, and take pictures of posters that you like (with permission of course).
whitebullet If more viewers arrive halfway into your verbal explanation, finish
the tour for the earlier arrivals first, and then welcome new arrivals. (Thanks to Colin Purrington for this tip.)
whitebullet Consider leaving a pen and pad inviting comments from viewers
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Provide an explicit take-home message.

whitebullet Dress code is typically smart casual.