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Poster Design: Tips for Creating a Successful Poster

Poster Presentation Skills

Look friendly!

  • Open body language
  • Avoid crossing your arms or putting your hands in your pockets
  • Smile
  • Make eye contact

Pro tip: If you aren’t feeling confident, fake it

Talk to people

  • Say hello and draw people in
  • Not too aggressively
  • Try to relate your research to something that makes people interested before you launch into explaining it
  • You have 3-5 minutes to explain your research
  • Practice with your friends


  • Don’t stand in front of your poster
  • Don’t turn your back on your audience

Ask for follow up questions

  • Ask your audience if you’ve been clear and re-explain concepts

Professional courtesy

  • Dress professionally
  • Thank you, Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate you stopping by, etc…