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How to give a talk (that doesn’t put your audience to sleep) Ramesh Raskar MIT Media Lab
Overview Slide I will start with a statement that is too general Mention terms I haven’t explained yet I will talk about related work about topic you don’t know yet Tell you more about things you have no idea I will show you results after you have already lost me I will conclude with conclusion
Getting Started Don’t start with an OVERVIEW slide Start with a question or motivating example Give the zeroth order idea in one sentence Show the ‘magic’ – Conclusion goes first ! – Make the audience wonder how you will get there – then on the next 2 slides after magic trick Gauge your audience and adapt. If you're not good at gauging, just stick with your original presentation plan.
Curve of Excitement Time (or Slide #) Audience Interest People are excited even before you start because you have a great title/abstract You have shown the ‘magic’ with a question or motivating example Nitty gritty of the math/algo/implem entation. You are losing some people but its ok. Cool results Teaser results, people are wondering how you got there ‘Whats in it for me’ You give audience something they can use with ‘Future Directions’ But there is more. Wait and see how next year I will show you more cool stuff. Go see my website.
Curve of Boredome Time (or Slide #) Audience Interest No clue what the title/abstract, jargon words Your Intended Curve Real Curve People are excited anyway Start with meaningless ‘Overview’ slide Describe theory Describe second order details Share results which you were trying to keep secret till the end Discuss future directions Related work Too late to share those cool results We don’t know the context of the theory Audience is lost because they don’t know ‘why’
The S curve of excitement The flipped S-curve of audience excitement vs. time line of your presentation. – First few units on the time scale should have content that causes maximum excitement. Then audience excitement level goes down as you get into details and explanations. It stays a constant low for the duration of your explanation The ending should be 'wow' again. In essence, the audience is really listening to you only at the beginning (and bit at the end) unless you engage them in an interactive activity or have a unusual happening in the middle.
Motivation Motivate the context or application Why is what you are doing important? Why should people care? This could be audience background based
Setting up the problem/approach Overview diagram of the project should be at the beginning and not at the end.
Blank slides force people to focus on the speaker. You could also hit 'B' in Microsoft power point to make the screen go blank. ‘B’ again to show your presentation. If you are digressing from the slide, audience may get confused by what is on your slide. Hit ‘B’.
Have a photo/figure/sketch on every slide The image can be unrelated If you run out of ideas for a photo on each slide, just search for the keyword online (here I searched ‘unrelated;)
Last Slide Never end with a ‘Thank you’ slide ! – This is the slide that will be up for a long time during Q&A – Last slide should be Summary of your talk Website for further info State problem. State conclusion. Contact info. Nice pictures – Don’t end with Acknowledgement slide Appreciated but not useful to most of your audience Ack slide can be one before ‘Summary’ – How to encourage questions in Q&A This slides should have take home points and conclusions State some open questions at the end of the last slide.
Thank you Slide Never end with a ‘Thank you’ slide ! Last slide should be – Summary of your talk – website for further info