Conference Presentation Skills

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1. Conference Presentation Skills Michael zur Muehlen, PhD Center of Excellence in Business Process Innovation Stevens Institute of Technology [email protected]

2. © 2006 Michael zur Muehlen. All Rights Reserved. 6/27/2012 2 What this talk is about How to give a good research talk Why to present What to present (and what to leave out) How to present

3. Your paper is the product Your talk is the advertisement

4. © 2006 Michael zur Muehlen. All Rights Reserved. 6/27/2012 4 Bad Reasons to give a research talk To show everyone how smart you are To tell them everything you know about your topic To give all the technical details of your work

5. © 2006 Michael zur Muehlen. All Rights Reserved. 6/27/2012 5 Good Reasons to give a research talk To give the audience an intuitive feel for your idea To entice them to read your paper In short: To engage, excite, and provoke the audience

6. © 2006 Michael zur Muehlen. All Rights Reserved. 6/27/2012 6 The Ideal Audience Has read all your previous work Has at least three degrees in Operations Research, Economics, Computer Science and Biology Is eager to learn about the latest developments in the area of distributed task allocation in random networks with limited visibility Is fresh and alert

7. © 2006 Michael zur Muehlen. All Rights Reserved. 6/27/2012 7 The Actual Audience Has never heard of you Has a rough recollection of Economics 101 Has heard about task allocation, but wish it hadn’t Just came back from lunch and is ready for a nap

8. Your Mission: Wake up your audience and make them happy they did

9. Ingredients for a great presentation Motivation (20%) Your Key Idea (80%) There is no #3

10. Rule #1 Tell me why I should care (and fast)

11. Rule #2 Tell me what you found out, not what you know

12. Rule #3 Make it Memorable

13. © 2006 Michael zur Muehlen. All Rights Reserved. 6/27/2012 13 Your Key Idea You must identify a key idea. “What I did this summer” is No Good. Be specific. Don’t leave your audience to figure it out for themselves. Be absolutely specific. Say “If you remember nothing else, remember this.” Organize your talk around this specific goal. Ruthlessly remove material that is irrelevant to this goal.

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