10 Essential Components of a Great Science Presentation


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Whether it's an informal poster, journal club, chalk talk or a more formal thesis, job talk or seminar, every scientist is expected to give presentations at all stages of their career. For many scientists, communicating their work generates great fear, whether because of a perceived handicap in presentation skills and knowledge or a lack of relevant experience. In today's global, digital, and collaborative landscape, effective scientific communication skills are an essential part of a researcher's toolkit.

The good news is that giving a great presentation is much easier than you may think! In our continuing "PI Management Webinar" series, Labguru breaks down presentation skills into simple, manageable, highly implementable steps that every scientist can learn from and use. Download and listen our webinar so you can make your next presentation be your best ever! And don't forget to sign up for a FREE Labguru account at www.Labguru.com!

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  • 10 Essential Components of a Great Science Presentation

    1. 1. 10 Essential Components of Great Science PresentationsImprove your communication & slides Jovana J. Grbić, PhD Science Outreach Manager, BioData Ltd. jovana.grbic@biodata.com
    2. 2. Please visit us at:www.labguru.com
    3. 3. Presentation Skills Are Essential… “Any scientist who couldn’t explain to an eight-year-old what he was doing was a charlatan.” –Kurt Vonnegut Credit: XKCD Comics
    4. 4. …For EVERY Scientist!All scientists must give presentationsEvery stage of career – until career endsUnique opportunity to convey results to a large audienceAgenda Today: 10 essential components of a good presentation Follow-up questions at Facebook.com/Labguru or @Labguru Think of questions later? Ask: professors@labguru.com Download slides for FREE at Slideshare.net/Labguru
    5. 5. Key Mistakes/Areas to AvoidBoring or pedanticspeaking styleOverly barren, simplisticor (on the otherextreme) overly-busyslidesFocusing on unimportantdetailsNot engaging withaudience END RESULT: Your research and results are not communicated!
    6. 6. 1. Slide Design - BasicsAvoid odd-looking fonts or fonts smaller than size 24Distracting template or colorsParagraphs of content or hardly any contentArtistic transitionsConfusing graphicsVerbatim contentMinimize bullets! You try figuring this graph out!!!
    7. 7. TO AVOID: Barren Or BusyBORING! No engagement! Way too much information! No flow!
    8. 8. 2. Slide Content - IntermediateGood title – multiplepurposes“50/50” content ruleBalance engaginggraphics with essentialinformationNo more than 2 thematic GOOD EXAMPLE!key ideas per slide
    9. 9. 3. Slide Incorporation - Advanced Guy Kawasaki “10-20-30” Rule Don’t read your slides – ideas as jumping off points Laser pointer overload Don’t obscure slides Each slide is a mini- presentation Know your audience
    10. 10. 4. Body Language EssentialsEye contactNo external distractionsClear, easy-to-understanddictionPostureNotes or no notes?Engaged audience
    11. 11. 5. Speaking Style & Engagement The Steve Jobs X-Factor Charisma Surprise Emotion Passion Personality Storytelling…
    12. 12. 6. Storytelling For Scientists 101Structuring your talk like a story:beginning, middle and endA great story has a great purpose– always give meaningful contextStumbling blocks andexperiments that led to yourgreat conclusion – build ondiscoveriesScience lacks a “The End”Leave time for Q&A, if possible
    13. 13. 7. Separation Is In PreparationStart with a paper outlineMake a rough PowerPoint presentation – doesn’t haveto be perfectDo a dry run of the talkChange slide order, add in graphics, make the slides“talk-ready”Give yourself a break before the presentation – learnmaterialReview the slides the day of your talk
    14. 14. 8. Good Presentation Habits Consistency is the key Check to make sure your connection is working Do the slides look OK? Double check for errors or pictures/videos Have a backup plan Stress relief techniques
    15. 15. 9. Use Self-Improvement ToolsTake a public speaking courseTake a communications or creative writingcourseRecord or videotape your talksAsk colleagues and staff for critical feedbackToastmasters InternationalNever stop improving…
    16. 16. 10. Be Memorable!Content is king – how do you want to be remembered?Consider using a unique technology Cloud-based talk Videos DemonstrationsBe differentTell a joke!
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    18. 18. How Most Labs Operate…
    19. 19. Labguru OverviewOnline, cloud-based lab management systemAccess anytime, anywhere256 bit encryptionDaily and monthly backupsContext across all projects and lab resources
    20. 20. Context Across Research ToolsMolecular and specimen collections Storage + ordering Knowledge collections Digest + collaboration
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    22. 22. Improve Your Presentations!Order and start using Labguru management softwareNew PI and startub lab packages and specials availableDownload a copy of our slides at Slideshare.net/LabguruRead the Labguru blog for tips and articlesGot additional questions? We will answer them atprofessors@labguru.comMerge your research and presentation skills toolkit tojump-start your career!
    23. 23. 10 Essential Components of Great Science PresentationsImprove your communication & slides Jovana J. Grbić, PhD Science Outreach Manager, BioData Ltd. jovana.grbic@biodata.com