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Giving a Great Academic Presentation

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Kate Page-Lippsmeyer

on 3 June 2016

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tell a story
tips & tricks
you are the expert!
Giving Great Academic Presentations
one argument per presentation
you present.
one idea per slide
image over text
present like one!
Bullets are bad
The brain doesn't process them well
Your audience will read instead of listen
You will end up putting more information than can be reasonably processed or remembered
You make yourself obsolete
the brain
can't process
your audience
will read
instead of listen
info lists
lead to
you are not obsolete
Because too much text totally distracts from people paying attention to anything you're saying, except in the case of quotes but even quotes you should be selective about and even then be careful how you use them - more than two quotes in a presentation unless they're proving your point are going to distract from YOUR argument by articulating the argument of someone else. Have you ever noticed if someone puts a lot of text on a slide people's eyes glaze over and they struggle to read whatever is happening over your shoulder and stop listening to you entirely. Because why would they need you? They have the words. Glorious, glorious, words. Yep, that's right, words are more important than presenters. That's why they're powerful and should be used sparingly. Very, very, sparingly. Hello, listen up now.
however...long quotes!
George Slusser suggests we "realign" Isaac Asimov's definition of sf to define sf art:
It is the form of painting that represents the impact of scientific and technological advancement on human beings. … In all events, this art form itself advances in the sense that it is an ongoing engagement of the scientific and cultural imagination with unfolding possibilities of the century, measuring and remeasuring, over and over, the size, proportion, and position of human figures in relation to other categories of being, both past and future – machines, cities, planets, organisms, mental or "invisible" phenomena, nonorganic "life" forms, and finally the void itself, the darkness of the infinitely large or small. But the purpose of sf art, in stark opposition to the "erasures" of canonical art, is to revision a human face or form in this dark canvas of modern science. …. Just as the act of understanding never reaches rest or finality in such a dynamic, so does the act of repositioning. In the ever shifting compositional play of proportionality that is sf/fantasy art, the human form, or its surrogate or analog, must abide, if only in some radically decentered position or form." (Slusser, 5)
focus on
1 - 2 texts
simple numbers are best
75% people like things like percentages
especially if you don't mess around with too many extra explanations like this. because once again you're reading this text instead of paying attention to what i'm saying aren't you?
Graphs are also great
form tips & tricks
a word about bullets
know your
and have an
before you create your presentation
main points
main point = topic sentence
of a
Identify the evidence you are using to make your argument - whether it's two texts, similarities or differences in language, in style, or even in words
Make a Claim
Answer the
'So What' question
Why should we care?
Why is your claim important?
If a reader’s first response is, “So what?” then you need to clarify, to forge a relationship, or to connect to a larger issue.
Example: “In
Huckleberry Finn
, Mark Twain develops a contrast between life on the river and life on the shore.”
Example: “Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American ideals, one must leave ‘civilized’ society and go back to nature.”
note: this example is a great claim, but is missing the analysis
Example: “In
Huckleberry Finn
, Mark Twain ....”
note: this tells us your texts, but is missing claim & analyis
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