5 Reasons to Give a Lightning Paper Presentation
- Do you like structured oral presentations, but find that 15 minutes sounds like forever and causes you to break into sweat at the thought? Well, how about 5 minutes instead? That helps with the presentation anxiety a bit, doesn’t it?
- Do you have a small amount of preliminary or pilot study results? Perhaps you are still developing your study and want to present and get feedback on your approach? Lightning papers are a great option if you don’t have as much information to cover.
- Would you like presentation length guidance or constraints to help you manage your content? Lightning paper presenters are limited to 10 slides. That’s all folks.
- Interested in combining the structure of a paper session with the higher number of presenters of a poster session? Lightning paper sessions have 10 to 14 presentations; you can learn from and network with more authors in your topic area. These sessions also feature a 30 to 45 minute interactive roundtable discussion following all presentations (instead of brief Q&As after each one) to facilitate collective conversations about the work presented.
- Do you think ‘lightning’ sounds cool? Because it does. Quite the energetic ring to it, eh? And let’s be honest, at least one person is going to put a lightning bolt or thunderstorm image on their title slide, right? Will that be you?
Also, as a type of paper session, the lightning paper offers some of the same benefits of regular paper sessions….go green, slideshow is king, and design procrastinating.
5 Reasons to Give a Guided Poster Presentation
- So you want to design a poster, but you also want to give a short polished talk about it, you know, to make sure people GET it. With a guided poster session, you get a set amount of time to present your poster AND then you get that unstructured time to engage with attendees and other presenters. Best of both worlds!
- Poster sessions can be large and you may be concerned about being lost in the crowd. Do you want to be grouped with a smaller number of presenters with more directly related topics? Guided poster sessions feature 8 to 12 presenters who give 3 to 5 minute presentations.
- Do you like saving money? No one says no to that. If you register as a poster presenter, your fee is $20 to 30 less! With a guided poster, you still get a structured time slot to present like a paper, but you keep some extra cash in your pocket. Think $20 to $30 isn’t much? Ask a grad student. :)
- Find the grand exhibit hall a bit intimidating and overwhelming for presenting your poster? Most guided poster sessions are held in regular session rooms (like those for paper sessions). Save your voice and avoid trying to talk over the research conversations happening en masse!
- Find poster printing cost-prohibitive? This year the AAG has developed printing partnerships so you can get a discount on both paper and fabric printing. And if you go the fabric printing route, you can ditch the poster tube and just fold up and toss your presentation in your suitcase!
Also, as a type of poster session, the guided poster option offers some of the same benefits of regular poster sessions….particularly long term visibility in the online gallery and a later abstract deadline.