Nine Powerful Ways to End Your Research Presentation

You have just few minutes left for concluding your research presentation. Remember most people only remember the first and last things you shared with them. This means your closing must be as powerful as your beginning. This is the last opportunity for your audience to hear your key points. It is the last chance you have to help your audience to remember your comments on your research work. A closing in a presentation should be succinct. It should summarize your key points.  Most importantly, it should be remembered for long time. In this post let me throw light on few of the points which can be used make your closing more powerful and impeccable.

1. The Summary Slide

‘Thank You’ slides has become cliche and it  will not really help the audience. You should be verbally saying ‘Thank you’, with a smile and with positive eye contact.  Putting it as your last slide removes the sentiment. Instead of a ‘Thank You’ slide, you can use a summary slide showing all the key points you have made along with your call to action. Summarizing the research presentation can be tricky as it should represent  the importance of the area under investigation,  methodology, results and analysis.  Make your summary slide  more meaningful  with  palatable  graphs and block diagrams or photographs where its usage can be made. Having all this information visible during the Q&A session will also help the audience  to plan for right questions.


2.  A Picture Speaks Thousand Words

We all know the saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Images do help to bring your message across in an impactful way. Make use of this power by ending your presentation with a riveting visual that ties to your take-home message. Leave this slide on when you finish your presentation to give the audience something to look at and think about for the next few minutes. Ultimately, images are the ones that leave the biggest impression.


3. What next?

Is there something you want your audience to do or think after your presentation. Do you want them to take action? Tell your audience exactly what you want them to do with a Call to Action.

Here’s is an example:
After this presentation,

  1. Please take 2 minutes to visit the homepage of  the researcher Mr.Richard and check how he has organized his work.
  2. Check the website  for the  authenticated data sets
  3. Read the survey paper written by  Mr.Bennet to understand the historical evidences 
  4. Go through the methodology section of the research paper  “xyz”  for the implementation concepts.


4.  End with a Powerful/Inspirational Quote

Is there one thing you really want your audience to remember? Or is there a specific feeling you want your audience to have after your presentation? A relatively easy way to end your speech is by using a quote. You need to figure out what resonates with your audience, and choose a quote that fits the presentation theme. Using a powerful quote can help you do that. You could introduce a great quote or interesting  with:

I’d like to finish my presentation with inspiring  quote from Steve Jobs which can be related to my work

  1. Creativity is just connecting things.
  2. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
  3. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.


5. Add a Surprising Fact or Statistic

Is there something you’d love for your audience to think about after your presentation? Is there a statistic or fact that will help someone remember your key points?

A surprising fact can also help re-engage your audience, it will snap their attention back to you.

For example:

  1. With Machine learning and language recognition, it is no surprise that 85% of telephonic customer service jobs will be performed by computers and will not need human interaction.
  2. By the dawn of 2020, it will be possible for all customer digital assistant to recognize people by face and voice.
  3. Autonomous vehicles are no longer a thing of the far future. The knight rider might actually become a reality in as close as the next 2-3 years or less. These cars are based on the artificial intelligence to recognize the driving conditions and adapt the behavior. These cars are in the test phase, already developed and almost ready to hit the road.


6. Leave With a Curiosity

Creating curiosity  can be a elegant  way to make a memorable ending if you use it appropriately. While it is not often encouraged to leave your audience in a state of thinking,  still can be used in a right spirit to provoke them for future research. Round off with a question that they can think upon after the presentation. Keep it closely related to your topic, and use it to put the spotlight on a point you which to bring across.

  1. It makes us to think can we build a model which can understand human emotions and adjusts the fragrance in the room?.
  2.  Can we think of a chatbot which can query another chatbot and does the task ?


7. Link the START with END

Closing a presentation with a look back at the opening message is a popular technique. It’s a neat way to round off your message, whilst simultaneously summing up the entire presentation.

There are a few ways to approach this technique:

  • Set up a question at the beginning of your speech and use your ending to answer it.

For example set the question in the beginning  such as : “Can we think of a system which can understand our voice , converts it into a query,  execute and answers back in voice in natural language?”

  • Finish a story you started, using the anecdote to demonstrate your message.

For example if  I had started my presentation with : a farmer facing problem in accessing real time agriculture market data then I will be closing my presentation with a kiosk/chatbot to help the farmer to access market data in his mother tongue without any difficulty. I will put both the images together to demonstrate my progress.

  • Close with the title of the presentation – this works best with a provocative, memorable title.

Example : Pomegranate Fruit Quality Assessment using Machine Intelligence and Wavelet Features


8. Practice the Rule of Three

The rule of three is a simple yet powerful and effective method of communication. Most of the powerful communicators  use it regularly.

The rule of three is,  ideas, concepts and beliefs are more memorable and interesting when presented in threes. It’s a very interesting and popular method. You can end your presentation with adding rule of three for the work you have carried out.

  1. The proposed method is cost effective, has less response time and takes less memory space.
  2. The proposed method can be used for mass industrial production, can be customized for specific industry requirements and can be further modified based on the industrial revolutions.
  3. The proposed method is robust , less prone to crash and has auto recovery option.


9. A Word of Acknowledgment

There are times when it’s appropriate to thank people publicly for helping you – such as before closing your presentation acknowledge the

  1. People involved in the research  work like, research supervisor or research scholar or colleague.
  2. Persons or organizations for  providing  data or information.
  3. Parent institution/ Project sponsor for supporting the project.


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