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A PG colloquium talk on How to give a PG colloquium. Julia Collins. Talking about maths. What? How? Why? When?. What…?. What…do I talk about?. Your research A hobby that involves maths Something interesting you’ve read about recently (See PG colloquium archive website for ideas!).

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talking about maths
Talking about maths
  • What?
  • How?
  • Why?
  • When?
what do i talk about
What…do I talk about?
  • Your research
  • A hobby that involves maths
  • Something interesting you’ve read about recently

(See PG colloquium archive website for ideas!)

what level should it be at
What…level should it be at?
  • Who is your audience?
  • What is the lowest maths background in that audience?
  • Avoid jargon!
what software do i use
What…software do I use?
  • Beamer
  • Powerpoint (+ TeXPoint)
  • Keynote
  • …the blackboard?

(Tip: Use an online LaTeX equation editor to paste formulas into a Powerpoint talk.)

how should i start writing
How…should I start writing?
  • What is the main idea you want to communicate?
  • What is exciting about that idea?
  • How much detail do you want to include?
how can i make it interesting
How…can I make it interesting?
  • Don’t put too much info on your slides
  • Tell stories
  • Keep the audience in suspense
  • Be enthusiastic!
how do i stop the audience falling asleep
How…do I stop the audience falling asleep?
  • Some people will fall asleep – don’t take it personally!
  • Use multimedia and lots of pictures
  • Ask them questions
  • Music!
how should i prepare
How…should I prepare?
  • Do the talk for yourself or a friend
  • Check out the room & hardware
  • Back up your slides
  • Make some brief notes
why should i give a talk
Why…should I give a talk?
  • Good practice
  • A sympathetic audience
  • Get feedback
  • Learn to get over nerves
  • Communicate something you love!
why stop at the pg colloquium
Why…stop at the PG colloquium?
  • Why indeed!
  • Lots of opportunities for speaking
    • Research seminars
    • School workshops/masterclasses
    • Undergraduate maths club
why are you still talking we want cake
Why…are you still talking?(We want cake!)
  • Convince you to do more public engagement
  • Tell you about my conference
when can i give a talk
When…can I give a talk?
  • See PG website for empty slots
  • Talk to Eric
  • Talk to me or Lois
when should i stop talking
When…should I stop talking?
  • When you are running out of time
  • When you have reiterated your take-home message
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