Participants Resources

Preparing Your 3MT

What are the effective elements of a 3MT presentation?

  • Write a story for your audience
  • Tell a story
  • Have a clear outcome in mind
  • Do not write like an academic paper
  • Ask for feedback and revise

See example videos and critique using the following criteria:

  • Comprehension and Content
  • Communication Style
  • Audience engagement
  • Anything else that made you take notice?

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Breaking It Down

1. 3MT Title

  • Short and snappy
  • Attention-grabbing
  • Jargon-free
  • NOT the title of your actual thesis

2. Drafting YOUR 3MT

General Tips

  • Siple but not simplified
  • Clear language (jargon-free & explain concepts, people, terminology)
  • shorter sentences, shorter paragraphs
  • Explain - your research topic, major findings, the impact of the research
  • Consider using the Narrative framework (from U of Waterloo)

Creating an Engaging Opener

  • Introduce your research topic
  • Find a hook! A 'hook' builds a bridge between the everyday experience of the audience and the academic material you are about to present

Articulating the importance of your research (impact) - answer:

  • Why should people care about your research?
  • What's the connection between your research and the World? Why does your research matter?
  • What did you ding that may change the world (even in a small way - e.g. new understanding, dispelling myths)

3. Slide Design

  • Use visuals to support (and not distract from) the story you're telling in your presentation
  • Avoid clutter
  • Make it visually engaging
  • Use as little text as possible

4. Delivery

  • Audience engagement
  • Clear and confident body language
  • Good posture
  • Facial expression, eye contact
  • Strong and steady voice projection - reduce tics, um, ah, like playing with jewelry/hair, pacing
  • No notes or prompts
  • No looking back at the PowerPoint

5. Virtual 3MT

  • If a live event, ensure you check your setup at home
  • You can use your phone or computer web camera
  • Camera orientation should be horizontal
  • The camera lens should be in line with your eyes
  • Any light should be in front of you, not behind
  • Set yourself either in the middle of the frame or to one side and can be seen from the waist up
  • Check you are in focus
  • Be close enough so that the device on your computer/camera can pick up clear audio
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera lens, otherwise, it looks like you are reading and not looking at the audience (reading notes is a prop so not allowed)

Making the Most of Your Three Minutes.pdf, by Simon Clews, Director Writing Center, University of Melbourne (99 KB)

Communicating Your Research in Lay Language.pdf, by Christian A Linte, in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Magazine May/June 2009 (308 KB)

3MT Virtual Competitor Guide (University of Queensland).pdf (141 KB)

Presentation Skills Checklist.pdf (122 KB)

Resources for 3MT.docx (Word - 20 KB)

Video's and Competitions From Around the World

3MT® competitions in Canada