Presentation of any kind could be daunting especially when it is done to an audience. But when it comes to a researcher presenting a scientific poster to the audience of a science conference, understanding your work in-depth will help present it smoothly. Conferences can be a great way to socialize among researchers from the same field and get feedback on your work.
For those of you who are new to this area or you are an aspiring researcher in your favorite field, scientific poster is a tool of communication that combines verbal communication with visual aid.
Here is how you can establish great contacts and make major career developments with simple steps:
Dress to impress
It should give off a professional yet warm vibe while being subtle about it. You can do this!
Make your poster attractive at its best
Don’t add too much or too little components. Take your time to make this one.
Be cordial and welcoming
“A smile goes a long way! And a little bit of “hi and hello” thrown into the mix will do no harm. You may have noticed that stalls that have idle people managing it receive little to no visitation. It gives off a vibe that they are closed even when they are not. You have to be on your feet and ready to spot people and pull them to your stall.
Practice the art of “The Elevator Pitch”
Once you have piqued the interest of your potential audience, be on standby mode to explain your work with a short synopsis. Make sure to avoid using jargons while explaining and do not be too fast. Stay calm! Who knows there might be a potential funder among them?
Never be shy to share the story of your journey
Once you have their attention and their interest in your work, relax a little and let down your guard. Let them know about the motivation behind your work and journey so far. It is advised to proceed in this direction only when asked about it.