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How to give a Seminar Talk. Daniel Kroening ETH Zürich. Why?. So your Professor does not get embarrassed!. It’s 50% of the grade!. Outline . Organization of a talk Common pitfalls Fonts, Colors, Diagrams Number of slides? How to talk About this seminar Contents Topics

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    1. How to give a Seminar Talk Daniel Kroening ETH Zürich

    2. Why? • So your Professor does not get embarrassed! • It’s 50% of the grade!

    3. Outline • Organization of a talk • Common pitfalls • Fonts, Colors, Diagrams • Number of slides? • How to talk • About this seminar • Contents • Topics • Administrative stuff

    4. Content • Goal: present research results • Think of the audience! • Knows foundations of computer science • Does not know specific research • Focus on concepts, not details! • Point out advantages/disadvantages

    5. Organization of a Talk

    6. Giving the Talk • Allow at least two minutes per slide • Not enough time? Cut it! • Keep introduction and motivation short • Use less than a minute on outline • Use time for complex topics instead • Repeat if really important • Use examples

    7. Slide Layout • Keep it simple! • Use Diagrams • Try to keep it in one line • Many topics cannot be explained fully with a few bullets. In such situations, one is frequently tempted to write a full definition of the problem, usually in a very small font, which is read aloud while looking at the slide when giving the talk. Instead of this, a diagram together with a few key words would always be more suited to showing the context, which can then be elaborated on in more detail orally, in the talk.

    8. Ugly Duckling Syndrome • Feathers • Stubby • Brown • Told to leave town • Low self esteem • Does as is told Diagrams TOO FANCY TOO ANNOYING

    9. Diagrams Think about the people in the back row!

    10. Structural Figures Better than long text

    11. Formulas • Use only when needed • Use descriptive variable names • Powerpoint equation editor is bad • Consider Latex + Acrobat Reader • Consider Texpoint

    12. Colors • Avoid too many colors • LCD ≠ Projector • Background colors: Yellow, orange, green, light blue • Text colors:Blue, magenta, red, dark green • Avoid distracting bitmap backgrounds

    13. About this Seminar • Topics: • Power consumption • Timing • Verification • 40-45 Minutes for each talk • English

    14. About this Seminar • Papers: • We have a selection • You will pick next week(see webpage ~Wednesday) • But feel free to suggest one

    15. Administrative Things • We will give you plenty of time to prepare • You MUST email draft of slides to assistantone week before talk • You should meet with me or assistant • Grading: • We consider difficulty level of paper • Presentation (slides, talk)

    16. Presentation Skills • Presentation skills will be graded • Thus, must attend Bertrand Meyer’s classon how to give technical talks • Mark your calendars:28 November, 15:15-16:30 • Room will be announced