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Academic presentations 1

  1. 1. From Written to Oral Discourse<br />Developing Academic Presentations<br />
  2. 2. Speaker-Audience RelationshipYou need to consider…… the power dynamic;… assumptions about their understanding of your topic;…what language is appropriate.<br />
  3. 3. Speaker and Audience<br />When you research a topic through reading YOU ARE A THE EXPERT. <br />Audience determines…<br />
  4. 4. The Passing Stranger Tone<br />If you can explain your language<br />in language suitable to<br /> the ‘passing stranger’ you will <br />probably:<br />Have the right tone - The formality and courtesy<br />Not assume too much prior knowledge<br />
  5. 5. Never just highlight or re-write parts of written language.<br />Write your notes from articles in ORAL LANGUAGE that sounds right for YOU.<br />Practice with Signposting notes ONLY<br />
  6. 6. The Three-Step Approach <br />Tell them what you will tell them (Forecast),<br />Tell them (Present)<br />and tell them what you told them (Summary).<br />
  7. 7. Questions are a Good Sign<br />Handling questions shows how well you have considered your topic<br />MAKE A LIST (5) PRIOR TO THE TALK<br />Facilitating Discussionshows how well you can involve others in your area of interest<br />QUESTIONS TO THE AUDIENCE FOR COMMENT<br />
  8. 8. Presentation Structure<br />Outline - Give talk structure. What will you talk about in what order. (1 slide: Audiences like predictability)<br />Background (1 ) What do you know about this field / issue? Give a general outline. <br />Motivation/Problem (1) Reflection on the problem –/ what got you thinking about this research?<br />Problem Statement (2x) What is the key question behind the problem? What will you DO with the information? Why should anyone care - benefits? This is main body of the talk. Do not superficially do this. Give insights. Most researchers overestimate how much the audience knows about the problem.<br />
  9. 9. Presentation Structure<br />Related Work in the Field - (2 slides) Summaries of Journals and Books. In academic debate (two viewpoints) give equal time and weight.<br />Gathering Info / Methodology – (1) Where will you find your information: surveys etc<br />Predicted Outcomes (1) What do you think will be discovered? How will your research outcomes link to the organisation you would like to help.<br />In Summary - repeat main points (1) and briefly look at future direction of research. Finish with thank you. Ask for questions.<br />
  10. 10. And Finally…<br />TRY NOT TO… <br /><ul><li>Read passages of text for the articles or read your presentation or read your slides
  11. 11. Go over time by more that 2 minutes – you must practise this before!</li></ul>ALWAYS drink water and control your breathing beforehand – it will help nerves<br />
  12. 12. And don’t stress out – it’s over before you know it...<br />