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Summer Research Scholar - Communicating your Research

Summer Research Scholar - Communicating your Research

Emma-Kate Potter

on 9 January 2013

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ANU Summer Research Scholar Workshop 2013 Communicating your Research What are the elements of a bad academic presentation? What's your take home message(s)? Academics Exercise:
In small groups, make a list of the top 5 things not to do when presenting your research to academics. Death by Powerpoint THE SMALL PRINT:
It's not plagiarisam if you properly reference, right?
Some of this presentation is shamelessly copied from Inger Mewburn's Prezi on "How to talk about your thesis in 3 minutes" My Adoring Public ? Can you think and communicate clearly?
Do you pay due respect to the body of knowledge?
Do you have interesting ideas?
Can you ask the right questions?
Do you know the implications of your work? What other people have said:

Too technical - lose interest
Too much on each slide - get lost - try to read while trying to listen is hard!
No structure - doesn’t seem like a story’. Takes too much energy to listen.
Reading from notes - don’t feel involved. Worse if less eye contact.
Unclear speech - not understand or follow what is being said
Visible emotion - makes you feel for them and is distracting
Too simple - feel 'talked down to’
Body language - too much or not enough
Small font or wacky fonts undermines the authority of the speaker
Lots of different fonts or colours - distracting again Is an academic audience that much different to an audience of the ‘educated general public’? 5 min 15 min 50 min Stage fright? What works for you? Some tips from Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer)
Write whole paper in ‘spoken’ language to a word count which you know you can do in the time allotted.
Write in ‘stage directions’ (“change the slide now”, “pause”, “switch to video”)
Practise out loud at least three times into a Dictaphone to hear how it sounds and how long it takes.
Practise final version at least three times – once to an audience if it’s really important
Print notes in large type (so you have room to make last minute corrections) and staple!
Do not hold anything while speaking if your hands shake. What makes a good 3MT presentation? Common Characteristics:

•Didn’t try to say too much and spoke relatively slowly.

•Used pauses to highlight important points as well as rises, falls and stresses in tone.

•Tried to communicate only one core idea

•Included a story, metaphor or emotional element

•Gave concrete examples

•Did not ‘telegraph’ moves: never used “My research questions are...”

•Told you enough to make you curious or told you something unexpected Simplicity Unexpected Concrete Emotion Stories The purpose of my research is… (50 words) Keep it simple – identify the core idea, aim for elegant simplicity in an environment of noise and chaos. What is an unexpected or counterintuitive aspect of your research? Provoke surprise and interest by breaking a pattern – demand attention by using the unexpected Can you think of a metaphor for your method, topic or problem? Metaphors are useful because they "borrow" features from everyday experiences Can you place your research in the context of a social issue or appeal to audience self-interest? You'll make people care more about your research if they feel some kind of emotional engagement with the topic. Is there a story you can tell about your research or how you got involved in this topic? A story can be a good hook (it's even better if you can get the audience emotionally involved through your story) A rose by any other name? Use Simple language

Rework an existing catch phrase, quote, tv show title or song lyric

Promise benefits - How to be an inspiring speaker.

Promise a story - How a geeky summer scholar spoke to the world.

Put a number 3 in front - Three strategies to help you effectively communicate your research

Provoke curiosity - The secrets to communicating your research

Evoke concern - How not to communicate your research Watch these two 3MT entries and note down what was good and what they could have done better Presented by Emma-Kate Potter* * from Rugg and Petre (2004) from Inger's workshop How to make your ideas stick
Heath and Heath (2007) www.speakingaboutpresenting.com/content/presentation-title The Take-home Messages 1) Pitch it to your whole audience
- don't make it too complicated

2) Be prepared

3) Use a few tricks to make it hook and stick
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