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1 How to Lead an Effective Roundtable Discussion 2010 HGSEStudent Research Conference
2 CFP DescriptionRoundtable sessions are designed to allow extensive discussion and feedback for the presenter in a more informal context than panel presentations. This format is especially suited to students who wish to discuss aspects of developing research projects, including their research questions, methodology, sampling, and initial protocols. Roundtables are generally moderated by HGSE faculty members and involve discussion among the presenters and participants around the topic of the roundtable. Authors are encouraged to bring handouts that highlight key points for discussion.
3 CFP DescriptionRoundtable sessions are designed to allow extensive discussion and feedback for the presenter in a more informal context than panel presentations. This format is especially suited to students who wish to discuss aspects of developing research projects, including their research questions, methodology, sampling, and initial protocols. Roundtables are generally moderated by HGSE faculty members and involve discussion among the presenters and participants around the topic of the roundtable. Authors are encouraged to bring handouts that highlight key points for discussion.
4 Roundtables at a Glance InformalWork in preparationEmphasis on discussionAudience plays active role
5 Roundtables vs. Panel Presentations 1 hr 20 min12-15 min per speakerPresenters share their work with audienceDiscussant summarizes & fields questionsRoundtable Discussion1 hr 20 min5-10 min per speakerPresenters provide fodder for discussionDiscussant moderates discussion
6 Effective (and not so effective) roundtables Qualities of effective roundtables:Time managed carefully – plenty of time for discussionEach speaker communicates clear message & solicits specific feedbackDiscussant moderates discussion that touches on all speakers’ workQualities of less effective roundtables:Not enough time for discussionSpeakers aren’t clear about what feedback they want from audienceDiscussion focuses on 1 speaker, leaves others out
7 Group PreparationMeet with fellow participants in advance to discuss the common threads that run through each person’s workConsult w/ fellow participants, including discussant (if possible), about structure & flow of conversationThink about how to arrange the room to support conversationProvide discussant w/ all of your materials well in advanceDo as much prep work for your discussant as possible!
8 Preparing What to Say Structure the talk Emphasize what you found, not what you didWho cares, besides your mother?Keep it brief (TIME YOURSELF) – make 2-3 points maxConclude w/ specific questions for audienceDevelop a one-page handout
9 Actual PresentationMake eye contact, take a deep breath and count to threeSpeak loudly and clearly and slowlyListen and connectPrepare, but improviseMost of all, be yourself!
10 Suggested Sequence for Presentation 1. Introduction2. Preview sentence (Tell them what you’re going to tell them)3. Main ideas and sub-ideas (Tell them)4. Review sentence (Tell them what you told them)5. Conclusion – pose questions, ask for specific feedback
11 Presentation Outline The central question/issue/problem you examined Your findingsYour conclusions based on these findingsImplications for policy, practice and researchQuestions for audience members
12 For a work in progress, you might include Initial findingsChallenges or interesting issues encountered (process is interesting to fellow students)Next stepsAnticipated resultsHow you hope your work will inform othersRequest for specific feedback from audience
13 Practical Preparations Make sure you practice in front of a mirrorTime yourself, time yourself, time yourselfCheck your equipment before your presentationMake sure you have handouts, Powerpoint, and everything else well organized and at your fingertipsMake sure you have a good timekeeper
14 Let’s start preparing! The primary focus of my talk is… The 2-3 points I want to communicate are…I would like to ask the audience for the following feedback…My co-presenters’ topics are…I see the following connections across our work…It might be difficult to make the following connections across our work…I would like our discussant to start the conversation off by…I would like our discussant to moderate the conversation by…I’ll be satisfied if I come away from this experience with…I’ll be disappointed if I come away from this experience with…
15 Enjoy!You’ll be making many presentations over the course of your career. Make good use of this conference!Use this conference as a safe place to take risks and prepare for the future!Good luck! See you on Friday, March 26!