The Sage On The Stage
Being asked to present a paper at an Academic Conference can be a great honor. You are finally being recognized as an expert in your field, based on your research, publications, or both. In the glaring spotlight of all this attention, it can be tempting to channel all of your efforts into delivering a ‘knock your socks off’ performance, presenting your data in the most dazzling manner possible – Hollywood quality video, Pixar-level animation, top quality graphics, etc.
Before you go down that expensive road, stop, slap yourself in the face (gently please!) and remember one critical rule about making presentations: