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Academic Presentations - From paper to presentation
Transcript of Academic Presentations - From paper to presentation
Wallechinsky, D., Wallace, I. andWallace, A. (1977). The Book of Lists, pgs. 469 - 470 .
Take home message
use action verbs:
decreases, expresses, alters
Main Question - What did I find?
What do I want people to remember?
Use body & eyes...
GRAPHS/ CHARTS/ DIAGRAMS
Make sure you understand the question
If necessary, repeat or rephrase the question
Keep your answer short and to the point
Don’t be arrogant or hostile – be modest
your ‘references’ might be in the audience
Useful answers for awkward situations
“That’s an interesting point. I’ll have to think about it more.”
“Maybe we should discuss this later.”
People will forgive a mistake in English they won’t forgive you if you are boring!
use ‘voice’ -
spoken lg. is loosely packed written is densely packed - difference in register
Practice your talk out loud
Practice your talk on friends
Recruit outside your group
Ask to speak at an outside group meeting
Catch typos, missing labels, & inconsistencies
Solicit (and give!) honest, constructive criticism
Tough criticism from a friend is better than being embarrassed in front of an audience
Speak firmly, slowly, and confidently
Look at the audience
Learn to use pointer and microphone
Expect the unexpected
Use your own laptop if possible
Check equipment right before your talk
Practice! Practice! Practice!
Large, bold font (min. 24)
Choose colors to maintain contrast:
black on white
dark color on white
white on black
Use contrast and size to prioritize information
but don't simplify!
many slides taken from:
Garr Reynolds -