Fast Facts Sheet

Here is a checklist for you to use when making your poster.

 Step 1:

Choose Your Title

Title Should Include: Authors, Institution/Affiliation, Institutional or Company logo

Step 2:

Use your data to tell your story.  Figure out your flow. Data should flow left to right, top to bottom.  Decide how many images/data you want to include in your poster. Turn each figure into a panel.

Step 3:

What software will you be using? Will you use Photoshop, Powerpoint??  What is the size requirement of the poster?

What is the color scheme of your poster?  Use 3-5 colors.

What fonts will you use? Choose 2 (no more than 3) fonts.  Preferable to something professional and easy to read.  Artistic font should not be used on a poster.  Use bolding to make special text stand out. For example, choose (Serif font) Times New Roman for the body text.  (San Serif) Arial for the header. Text font in the header should be approximately 50pt plus, depending on your length and title.  Text font for the body of the text should be a minimum of 24pt.

Step 4:

Introduction/Background/Abstract

Your introduction should describe the problem.  Introduce them to your topic. You can use a funnel approach.  Introduce the bigger problem, then other problems it creates, and then how your study is going to address this problem.

Be concise.  Too many words and the viewer will get lost or bored.

Step 5:

Objective/Purpose

Your objective should tell the viewer how you are going to solve/assess the problem.  Break down and simplify your goal in 1-2 sentences.

Step 6:

Aromatic Intervention/Method

Give the details. To keep it visually appealing, apply a mixture of text, bullet points, images.

  • Length of Study
  • Number of participants
  • Who were your participants?
  • What were your controls?
  • Analysis
  • Use text and images to represent your data
  • Method of Administration (Inhalation via diffusion or patch, topical.

For images that are used, credit should be given to the photographer or author.  Make sure that the image is not already copyrighted.

Aromatherapy Section

The aromatherapy section is especially important as we want to make sure all the relevant information is included:

  • Botanical Name (Latin binomial)
  • Supplier
  • Extraction Method
  • Major constituents
  • Was the oil diluted? What was it diluted with?
  • Control
  • Was a Professional aromatherapist consulted (qualifications)
  • Safety considerations
  • Known Adverse reactions
  • Amount of EO used
  • Method of Administration (Inhalation via diffusion or patch. Was
  • If topically applied.

 Step 7:

Data. 

All figures should be labeled. Graphs and charts should have a heading.  Summarize the outcome of the chart/graph by using bold font.  This will draw the eye of the viewer and make it easy, to sum up, the results.

Show Your Data.

Data Should be a combination of:

  • Graphs
  • Tables
  • Pictures
  • Images or Charts

All axis of graphs, charts, and tables should be labeled.

 Step 8:

Conclusions.  What did you learn? Summarize your findings.  Future goals, follow-up studies.