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5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Make Your Presentations A Little Bit Better

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5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Make Your Presentations A Little Bit Better

  1. 1. ?What makes a research presentation good or bad?
  2. 2. ? ? ? ?
  3. 3. Jonathan Foley California Academy of Sciences
  4. 4. Jean-luc Doumont Trees, maps, and theorems
  5. 5. “ ”SCIENTISTS CANNOT COMMUNICATE VERY WELL WITH NON-SCIENTISTS, BUT IN FACT THEY CANNOT COMMUNICATE WELL WITH OTHER SCIENTISTS EITHER.
  6. 6. consequences
  7. 7. “professor” + “PowerPoint”
  8. 8. THE USE OF THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION HAS BEEN A DISASTER. Prof. John Sweller University of New South Wales IT SHOULD BE DITCHED. “ ”
  9. 9. 5THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTATIONS A LITTLE BIT BETTER
  10. 10. TIP ONE Make a plan.
  11. 11. ? Someone just asked you to deliver a presentation. DO FIRST? WHAT DO YOU
  12. 12. We don’t know where we get our ideas from. We do know that we do not get them from our laptops.“ ”John Cleese
  13. 13. TIP TWO Move your notes off-screen.
  14. 14. ?What is the average reading speed for a literate adult (words per minute?)
  15. 15. Concluding Remarks •Absent rings were uncommon during the growing seasons that followed major volcanic eruptions, including A.D. 1259 and 1816. ! • Because these features have occurred so rarely in high-latitude and high- elevation tree ring-width records, the hypothesis that the Northern Hemisphere tree ring-width network is compromised by dating errors due to unrecognized absent rings would require that many temperature-limited forest stands in the network exhibited a reaction to cold temperatures that have essen- tially never been observed anywhere. ! •If however absent-ring formation were to increase in forests outside of the American Southwest, that behavior would represent an unprecedented response to environmental stress.
  16. 16. Source: Amy Luxbacher
  17. 17. Source: Amy Luxbacher
  18. 18. improve the accuracy of paleoclimate reconstructions assign more weight to behavior exhibited by many records and tree species reduce emphasis given to unusual records that may be dominated by non-climatic noise BENEFITS OF LARGE NETWORKS Source: Meko et al., Journal of Climate, 1993
  19. 19. TIP THREE Ditch the clutter.
  20. 20. http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/NaturalFlow/current.html Population Growth of Colorado River Basin 1900-2000 0 12,500,000 25,000,000 37,500,000 50,000,000 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 California Other 6 Basin States Combined Population Golf course in Las Vegas photo: K.Dewey, High Plains Climate Center Low flow conditions since 2000 have coincided with increased consumption from a rapidly growing population and new demands for water for ecosystem health and recreation. Increases in consumptive use are projected to continue.
  21. 21. ONE
  22. 22. IDEA
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  25. 25. American Association for the Advancement of Science Chicago, Illinois February 15, 2014
  26. 26. Source: St. George et al., Geophysical Research Le ers (2013)
  27. 27. really decadal not that decadal Source: St. George and Ault, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2011
  28. 28. TIP FOUR Design for the back row.
  29. 29. “ ”I KNOW YOU BUT... CAN’T SEE THIS,
  30. 30. MAKE IT BIG
  31. 31. MAKE IT BIG
  32. 32. Picea Pinus Pseudotsuga Quercus Larix a 18ºN 36ºN 54ºN 72ºN 90ºN 120ºW 60ºW180ºW 0º Source: St. George et al., Geophysical Research Le ers (2013)
  33. 33. 60ºE 120ºE 180ºWSource: St. George et al., Geophysical Research Le ers (2013)
  34. 34. Picea Pinus Pseudotsuga Quercus Larix a c #records %records b 18ºN 36ºN 54ºN 72ºN 90ºN 120ºW 60ºW 0º 60ºE 120ºE 180ºW180ºW 2000 1000 0 0% 12% 6% 0º How o en have locally-absent rings occurred across the Northern Hemisphere tree ring-width network? Source: St. George et al., Geophysical Research Le ers (2013)
  35. 35. TIP FIVE Get to the point
  36. 36. ?How long can you expect to keep your audience’s attention?
  37. 37. “ ” Sting IN ROCK MUSIC YOU HAVE TO BURN FROM THE FIRST BAR.
  38. 38. ? WHERE AND WHEN HAVE ABSENT RINGS OCCURRED ACROSS BOREAL AND TEMPERATE FORESTS?
  39. 39. 134 881TREE-RING ‘YEARS’ ZERO CASESWHERE A GROWTH RING WAS MISSING FROM EVERY SPRUCE TREE AT THE SAME SITE.
  40. 40. Plan your talk on paper first. Move your notes off the screen. Create visual aids that work for the back row. Be mindful of basic design principles. Get to the point. 5THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTATIONS A LITTLE BIT BETTER
  41. 41. www.presentationzen.com
  42. 42. h p://www.slideshare.net/treubold
  43. 43. Yoda “ ” WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED. UNLEARN YOU MUST
  44. 44. twi er.com/sco stgeorge

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