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25 March 2015  |  Posted in RESEARCH CHALLENGES, RESEARCH PRESENTATION  |  Comment on this post »
Explaining Academic Work

Academics are constantly asked to explain their research: to colleagues, at conferences, in interviews, sometimes even to our grandmothers! Of course, being able to give a highly technical and detailed account of your project is necessary when you are discussing work with colleagues. But most people, even within academia, will not be privy to your field’s specific terms, methods, and literature. Therefore, knowing how to explain your research to a variety of audiences is essential.

The Common Questions
There are four common questions that people ask academics and, although your aunt and your potential co-author may ask them in different ways, at heart, they are the same questions:

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17 February 2014  |  Posted in Presentation aspects, RESEARCH PROMOTION  |  Comment on this post »

During a research presentation there will often be times when a conclusion needs to be supported by a complicated set of experimental results. For example, elucidating a mechanism may have required a series of experiments to rule out a long list of alternative processes, finally leaving only the one mechanism which was consistent with the findings. In such a situation the listeners can easily become confused, distracted, or bored. One technique which increases the clarity of the presentation and saves time may seem counterintuitive at first glance—begin at the end.

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20 November 2013  |  Posted in Presentation aspects, RESEARCH PROMOTION  |  Comment on this post »

Good visual support material is essential when giving a research presentation. No one would think of giving a scientific lecture without a set of Vu-graphs to support the words with pictures. Unfortunately, badly designed visual aids do nothing to enhance understanding and can even confuse and distract the audience. Here are some of the most important elements of effective visuals.

Less is more
Inexperienced presenters tend to put too much material on a slide. But the human mind can only take in so much information at one time. A slide with twenty bullet items will be overwhelming to a viewer: it is too complex; it cannot be comprehended as a unit.

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20 October 2010  |  Posted in Conference material  |  Comment on this post »
Once you have gained control of your materials and practiced in steps 1 and 2, you can focus your full awareness on each moment of your presentation to truly give your audience the best possible experience. Live the principle, “Be here now,” and your audience will be there with you.
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18 October 2010  |  Posted in Conference material  |  Comment on this post »
Whether this is your first presentation at a professional conference or your twentieth, showing your research to an audience of your peers can be intimidating. Everyone feels “butterflies in my stomach,” even the most experienced speaker. My advice is: Embrace your butterflies! Envision them keeping you energized during your presentation.
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