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  • 1. Giving a technical presentation (giving a talk) by Michael Ernst January, 2005 Last updated: April 12, 2010 Contents: * Introduction * The content * The slides * The presentation o Answering questions * Practice talks * Other resources
  • 2. Introduction (Also see my advice on giving a job talk.) There are many good references regarding how to give an effective talk ? that is, a technical presentation, whether at a conference, to your research group, or as an invited speaker at another university or research laboratory. This page cannot replace them, but it does briefly note a few problems that I very frequently see in talks. Get feedback by giving a practice talk! One of the most effective ways to improve your work is to see the reactions of others and get their ideas and advice. Think about the presentations you attend (or have attended in the past), especially if they are similar in some way to yours. What was boring about the other presentations? What was interesting about them? What did you take away from the presentation, and what could you have told someone about the topic 30 minutes after the end of the presentation?
  • 3. The content The key word of the content that should be spoken is shown. And, my idea of it is mentioned. It thinks what the spectator should learn for myself. It is good you should present a picture or text relevant to the problem you are solving.
  • 4. The slides There are some important thing when you use the slides. It is as follows. Use descriptive slide titles. Do not end the talk. Reason is important and comprehensible problem. The slides is seeing easily and attractive. Do not let a person asking get tired.
  • 5. The presentation Presentation points is the following. When giving a presentation, never point at your laptop screen. Make eye contact with the audience is important for presentation. When you get flustered, you take a drink of water. This action is good way for panic.
  • 6. Answering questions Answering questions from the audience is very hard. So, you need to make up talking. You must not answer “no” or “I don't know”. Because these things lead to trouble for audience.
  • 7. Practice talks You should practice the talk to yourself – speaking out loud in front of a mirror, for example – before you give your first practice talk. It can be a good idea to keep your practice talk audience relatively small – certainly no more than 10 people. Consider videotaping yourself to see how you come across to others. Go to other people's practice talks.
  • 8. Other resources Here are some other good resources for speakers who wish to give a good talk. http://www.eng.unt.edu/ian/pubs/speaker.pdf http://latex-beamer.sourceforge.net/ http://www.cgl.uwaterloo.ca/~csk/presentations.ht ml