Zhigang Peng School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology How to give a good presentation
Why Do We Need to Give (and Listen to) Presentations?! • To communicate newly published or unpublished work • To get exposure outside our specialized area(s) • To get to know other scientists, and get noticed • To get a job (to defend thesis, pass comp. exam, etc) • To commune as scientists (the weekly seminar and annual conference are rituals) • Know your goal: what is best possible outcome for you when/after you give this talk?! From http://acmg.seas.harvard.edu/education/presentations/carlton_presentations.pdf "In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs." --Sir William Osler
Avoid slides like this!! Outline http://profile.usgs.gov/rstein • Introduction • Motivation • Results • Discussion • Conclusion Is this a good starting slide?! It would be better to start with the topic immediately and not to include an outline slide (to save time and keep the focus).
10 tips on how to give effective presentations • Face your audience and make eye contact (rather than reading your slides). • Smile (it helps to relax the audience and yourself). A bit of humor is always helpful. • Identify (the goals: inform and/or persuade) and then tell a good story. • Include nice-looking graphics (with clear labels, large symbols, legends) and explain them first. • Make the text as large as possible (and do not put too many on one slide).
10 tips on how to give effective presentations (cont) • Include some animations, movie or other multimedia/demo/tools (but do not overdo them). • Involve audience in the presentation (by asking them questions, try new things, etc). • Do not cram too much (skip slides if needed). • Leave no more than 3 take-home messages. • Know how to answer questions properly (clarify/rephrase if needed; think before reply).
Online resources • “How to give good presentations?” • https://www.princeton.edu/~archss/webpdfs08/BaharMartonosi.pdf • http://acmg.seas.harvard.edu/education/presentations/carlton_presentations.pdf • “How to give a killer presentation?”https://hbr.org/2013/06/how-to-give-a-killer-presentation/ • “The ten commandments of presentations” • http://time.com/3612706/presentation-advice/