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Academic presentations

A short seminar I gave for our postgraduate student proposal presentations within the department.

Michael Rowe

on 15 February 2012

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Transcript of Academic presentations

Structure Design Content Academic presentations vision is the most dominent sense for humans it lets the audience know what to expect
it helps you to plan what you're going to say "tell them what you're going to tell them...
...then tell them...
...then tell them what you've told them..." The TED commandments

don't just use your usual routine
dream a great dream
reveal your curiosity and passion
tell your story
comment on other speakers
be vulnerable
don't use the stage as a personal platform
remember that laughter is good
don't read your speech
don't steal the time of those who follow you Title slide Introduction Method Literature review Results Conclusion www.ted.com The method is the blueprint for your study.
If it's flawed, everything you do will be flawed.
The Method is what you should concentrate on. The first slide should contain:
Your title
Your name
Your supervisor's name The Introduction contextualises your work.
Why are you going to do this study?
What do you hope to achieve?
What is its significance? Don't spend too much time on the Literature.
It's what other people have done.
We're more interested in what YOU are going to do.
Use this to clarify important concepts.
Two slides is more than enough to cover your review. We don't need to know everything, just the most important things.
Avoid cramming too much information on each slide.
Use 3 or 4 slides at most. Discussion Relate your most important findings to the literature.
What does your study mean in the larger context?
Avoid making associations where none exist. What is the main point you want to make?
Why is this study important?
What does it all mean? Be confident in yourself
Be proud of your work
Be well-prepared
Practice It's hard to describe what good design is.
But you know it when you see it. www.presentationzen.com Why should you pay attention to design? you need to know where you're going if you want to get there "Academic" doesn't mean "boring" www.presentationzen.com www.presentationzen.com work out what you want to say first
...then turn on your computer An audience can concentrate for
about 20 minutes Not "decorate" Use structural elements
e.g. title, body, images
to guide the viewer
& create interest Thank you
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