5 Minute Rapid Presentations
The importance of being concise
Simplify. SumMarize. Streamline.
In order to help scientists strive for brevity in their communications, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA are debuting a new style of presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting: the five-minute talks called 5 Minute Rapid. We are excited about this format, and excited for all the presenters who have signed up for the inaugural "class". Watch the training video to the right to learn more about how to set up your talk to fit the Rapid Fire format.
In standard writing and presentation recommendations, experts state the following length limits:
- Six words—recommended titles
- Three minutes—best readership of blog posts
- Three minutes—best viewership of YouTube videos
So, you can see that by following a 5-minute format, we're on the leading edge of science communications!
5 Minute Rapid Benefits
What will you get out of doing a 5 Minute Rapid?
- Brevity creates excitement. Be prepared for robust discussion about your research after the session is over.
- If you also do a poster presentation, the 5-minute talk can be your “advertisement.”
- Experience with being concise gives you tools to communicate with the public, funders, and other audiences, too!
- The main benefit is learning how to tell our story in a clear, succinct manner. Our world is on information overload. To be truly successful, we need to help others see why our work is important in a short, impactful way.
5 Minute Rapid Format
There will be three slides per talk (several Annual Meeting Planning Committee members have done this!) An optional template is downloadable from this site, and the 5-minute training video on this page gives examples of how to get to three slides - and a 5-minute presentation.
- Title slide (six words)—uses the question as the title and lists authors/co-authors and their respective institutions.
- Results—one slide, including figure/table. Use SI units in text, figures, and tables.
- Recommendations/summary slide.
FAQs about the 5 Minute Rapid talks
Questions about PowerPoint formatting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about the technical program or other non-5 Minute Rapid questions: email@example.com
Will I really be limited to 5 minutes? Yes, the moderators are trained and will need to make sure the program runs smoothly, so all presenters will run on time.
How can I get help with making sure my talk is 5 minutes? Watch the training video on this page, and send format and editing questions to the email listed in #1!
Are there examples of other 5 minute talks? Yes, watch the 5 minute video training and you’ll see one in action.
I want to change my title to more closely represent the 5 Minute Rapid format. Is this possible? Yes, editing of submissions can be done all the way up to the Annual Meeting. You will want to find your email submission confirmation which contains login instructions. You will then be able to edit author, title, content, etc.
I note an emphasis on 3 slides from the “Rapid Fire Training and PowerPoint Template” message. Is this the rule? Could Charlie’s results slide not been presented as 3 slides? I have 3 results slides! You are correct...three slides is the rule the committee has set based on experience to keep talks to 5 minutes (see #2). You will need to stick with that format.