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Effective Conference Presentations

Effective Conference Presentations


So we have a sense of what makes a bad presentation.
We have all sat through them unfortunately. I actually suspect we have all actually given
bad presentations too or at least presentations that do not have great aspects. I think what
is interesting is that in doing research in doing research for this talk, I actually ran
across tons of people who write booklets about how to give a bad presentation. My favorite
is by Richard Smith who was at the time the editor of the British Medical Journal. He has an entire booklet on what you need
to do to give a bad presentation, and he starts with preparation. How to prepare for a bad presentation: “Forget it, just don’t prepare at all.
Walk into the room and let whatever comes out of your mouth come out. You have been
told you are going to speak to Italians make sure you speak only in German. You are speaking
to 15 year olds make sure you make a presentation so complex that even perhaps a Nobel Prize
winning scientist would not fully understand it. Of course the last one, make sure that
your presentation is twenty minutes too long. Just keep talking. Everybody hates presenters
that go on too long.” Smith also give us some ideas of how to prepare
visual aids that are bad and interestingly enough they follow along with what we have
heard already. Maybe you should use some videos that are long audio that people can’t hear.
When you choose to use power point, you decide to use every feature of power point. Animation,
sound, websites, and of course, you are going to put a ton of information on every slide.
So that you get as much into the teeny-tiny space of one slide as you can. And what about delivery? We actually hit on
delivery as well. The presenter who speaks likes this. The essence of a bad presentation
is the boring presenter. You should never actually look at your audience. Keep your
presentation in front of your face. Mumble your presentation and preferably read it.
So here you are. This is you, your audience, and your bad presentation. Notice even you are bored with your bad presentation.
Even you are falling asleep at this point. I love that this graph. Even though it isn’t
a bad visual aid because you can see some pretty distinct levels in the graph, but it
has wacky colors. Who chooses pale blue and purple to go with a graph? Usually we see
more authoritative colors than that. We probably have people here from different
fields, and different fields often have different expectations My job here is to give you some general pointers
that hopefully will cross different fields. We are going to talk about three areas that
Richard Smith points to which are : Preparation so how to prepare you presentation, we are
going to talk about visual aids, we are going to talk about delivery. I am going to spend
a few minutes on the Q&A session because the Q&A session tends to freak people out. Then
at the end, I have some tips specifically for scientists because last time I was here
all of my additional questions after I finished were all about science presentations so I
have done a little bit of extra research, and we will kind of go back. Hopefully at
the end, we will have time for our own little Q&A session. I expect you to ask me really
tough questions. Basically I think about this as thinking about
what you are going to say. I actually like to encourage people to sit down and create
a presentation. I think one of the biggest things that I know people in my field do (communication
largely humanities) and you scientists you can tell me if you do this as well. We take the paper that we have written, get
out a sharpie, and we start marking out sentences that we think we don’t need. Our presentation
is us reading through our paper really fast so we can squeeze it into ten minutes. If you walk away with nothing else from this
talk that I’m giving today, it is that really the worst thing you can do is do exactly what
I just described. It is reading your paper whether or not you have sharpied out specific
lines or not. If the goal of your paper is to think about presenting your research and
making an argument, you need to think about your presentation as having a different goal.
Your presentation is ultimately an advertisement for you paper. Your goal is not just to present
you argument, but also to get your audience interested enough to get your audience to
go out and find more information. Right? There are lightly different goals. In fact,
this is from Paul Edwards who is an associate professor at the University of Michigan who
basically tells us, “Your presentation needs to do a couple of different things. One is
to communicate your audience and evidence. Two is to persuade your audience that they
are true.” Hopefully, you can do that with ease because I’m sure your arguments are
all good arguments. “Three is to be interesting and entertaining,” and I think we forget
this. We tend to think of academic presentations
as really dry and boring, and in fact many of them are. I’m not encouraging you to
bring in a three-ring circus, but I do think we could stand to have more lively presentations.
You will get more interest. I promise. I suggest you sit down and actually craft
a presentation. An entirely separate document from your original conference paper, and while
you are crafting that presentation you get to keep three things in mind. One is the sense
that oral communication is distinctly different than written communication. The second thing
that I want you to keep in mind here is that you need to know your audience. Audience adaptation
is specifically important for oral presentations. Finally, I am going to harp on this all day
long: Stay within your time limit! It is really important. Oral communication is certainly different
than written communication. You might think about this in terms of how you are recasting
your argument or data into an entire different medium or language. Listeners only have one
chance to hear you. Everything you say has to be understood at that moment. They can’t
flip back in time and hear you again. It is absolutely essential that you make sure you
are talking clearly that the sentences you are using are not too complex. What do you
do when you are thinking about this? I have a few helpful hints. The first is KISS – Keep
It Simple Stupid, and boy do we not like this. We like to make things look complex because
when you make things complex we think we look smart. Actually, we often just look boring.
So KISS. I often suggest one way of doing this is by keeping your sentences short, declarative.
Make them simple. You might focus on getting one or two or maybe even three key points
across instead of attempting, if you have a very complex paper, instead of attempting
to cover everything. Choose what you think is most essential to
cover or most interesting to your specific audience. Repeat those key insights. Repetition
is great. There is the hold adage. Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them,
and then tell them what you told them. Keep at it. Repeat it that way your audience will
remember it. Use examples to clarify or illustrate. Examples
will help you in the long term to get your audience to remember things. The second issue I wanted you to think about
is your audience. This is a picture of Martin Luther King Junior. I have him up here because
he is an expert at audience adaptation. Do we all know the “I Have a Dream Speech?”
When we look at this speech in public speaking, we often happen about what happened before
he got to the stage. It is a march on Washington. It is hot. It
is sweaty, and it is summertime. He is one of the last speakers of the afternoon, and
he knows it. He knows that he is looking out at a crowd, hundreds of thousands of people,
who are tired, who haven’t had water, who are having trouble finding restrooms. This is an audience that has been listening
to people drone on all day long. What he knows is that he really needs to perform an invigorating
speech, and he does. Even before he gets up to the podium as the previous speaking is
speaking, he is changing his speech. We actually have the original notes of what he was going
to say and his revised notes, and they are dramatically different. On the fly, he kind of makes revisions because
he realizes otherwise his audience is out. He needs to bring them back in. He is a great
example. What do you need to think about? I expect
that you aren’t going to be giving conference presentations in the hot sun in the middle
of the afternoon. You might still think about whether you have
experts in your area in your audience. What they might already know? If your audience
is mixed group, and job talks are often like this, do you want to focus on one group or
a different group? Is your audience going to be tired? Are they a group that wants to
be there? I face my undergraduates every other day as
a group that actually does not want to be there. I do my best to say, “Yes you do.
You are excited to be here. I know it.” I don’t know if they agree with me. With
all of this stuff in mind then you can think about how to create a presentation that engages
that audience members. If you know that you are on that 8:00 am panel at your convention,
and have we been on this panel? I have been on this panel. Not only will only three people
show up, but those three people will be asleep. At that point, you know I need to give a presentation
that is more exciting than one I might give at eleven o’clock. I need to be more enthusiastic. In terms of expertise, and I think this is
a tricky area because one of the most difficult things is adapting your talking to different
levels of expertise. You might think about these kinds of tips. If you are dealing with
a mixed level audience, one way of getting around this is to pitch the body of the presentation
to the experts. You give them some meaty details, but you pitch the forecast and the conclusion,
so the summaries at the beginning and the end at the more general audience. So that
no matter what their knowledge level might be. Everyone is going to walk away having
a good sense of what your argument is. With that in mind though, one of the biggest
mistakes I think anyone can make is to dumb down their presentation. Nobody actually gets
more offended than academic folk in thinking, “Do they think we are stupid?” “Do they
think that I don’t know that theory. ” Never ever underestimate the intelligence and the
knowledge of your audience. I kind of like the idea of doing a little balance act in
speaking to the people with all of the knowledge while offering summaries that speak to everybody. The third thing that I asked you to think
about is that time limit thing. How many of you have seen presenters go beyond your time
limit? Everybody. You have to wonder…why? Why have we all seen this, in fact why have
we all done it because done we aren’t practicing right so We don’t actually know how much time it
is going to take for us to give our presentation. Generally, I cannot emphasize enough how important
it is to stay within the time limit. As I was doing research for this presentation,
it was the number one thing that everybody mentioned. Nobody, nobody hates anything more
than people who go over the time limit. There was one entire blog that was called death
to people who go over the time limit. People get angry in part because when you stay within
your time limit, you are showing that you are professional. When you go over the time
limit, you’re being rude and taking up somebody else’s time. My own experience with this
was a couple months ago where the first person had about ten minutes and the first person
took about twenty-five. This left the rest of us frantically cutting out our papers to
do our presentations in about five minutes. It was fun for nobody. These are my thoughts broadly about crafting
the presentation. It doesn’t quite get at how you are going to say it or preparing for
how you are going to talk about it. We will talk about delivery in half a second. In the
mean time, I want you to keep this in mind that is practice, practice, practice: practice
with your friends, practice with your family, practice in front of a mirror. Practicing
does a couple of things for you. It gets you more familiar with your presentation so that
you are comfortable with it. You aren’t going to stumble over certain words. It allows
you to identify places where you can actually breath, or pause, and take a breath. I think
most importantly it allows you to identify those moments that look really great on paper,
but when you say them out loud, you friend will go, “Huh? What?” You have time to
change things that sound weird when you actually speak them as opposed to when they are actually
written on a paper. Of course, practice with your technology.
We will talk more about technology in a second here, but technology always fails. It is best
if you practice with it and at least know or suspect to know what it is going to do. Here is a really good bad visual aide. Is
this the type of thing that you see? Your audience walks away only knowing the word
numbers and two big green lines. They don’t get any of the data. They don’t actually
have any idea what this means. It is simply too small and crowded. The question then becomes what should you
do? And I’m going to give you a few pointers and you are going to say ya. They are simple
things, but for whatever reason we tend to do this instead of actually following the
simple pointers. First though, why do we use visual aids? Why do we? Tell me. Emphasis.
Yes. Emphasis is to explain something by adding visual interest to your presentation. If you
really think you are boring, then throw something splashy up on the screen. Just kidding. Visual aids if they are done well actually
increase your credibility. If they are done poorly, they decrease your credibility. If
they are done well, you are showing people that you have put in the time. It is going
to help increase retention and comprehension by the audience if you can give them an example
to latch onto. It also helps your audience visualize your argument. Despite all of these good things that visual
aids do for us, usually they serve an entirely different purpose and that purpose is distraction.
We are going to talk about power point here in a second because I think power point often
distracts, but I think the one of other main distractions that we face are handouts. Have
you been in a presentation where you see handouts being passed around? A few people have, but
they are not so frequent anymore. What happens when we have handouts? The handout becomes
the focus instead of the presenter. I have a handout for you, but I’m not going to
give it to you. That is the correct way. It makes you stay for one thing, but it is a
good way to use handouts. Handouts you pass them around and people start
shuffling and looking if it is a multipage thing. They start flipping ahead. Sometimes
we need to use handouts. I would suggest that if you have to use them, you pass them out
well before you are beginning to speak so that they have a chance to get all the way
around the room before you start and that you consistently refer to what page you are
on. For example if you look at the illustration on page two, maybe then people will stick
to page two instead of flipping forward to page five. One thing that is always distracting,
and I would simply put my foot down and say just don’t do this is passing around the
one single copy of a thing. Here is the photo of my grandmother from 1963 or whatever I
am going to pass it around. We loose a row of people at a time. Don’t do that maybe have that item up and
say after the presentation if you would like to come look at it I would be happy to show
it to you. In order for visual aids not to become a distraction,
well dang it there is that KISS thing again. So keep it simple. Most slides have way too much text. I think
we should use slides to emphasize a point or two or maybe a series of five as I have
done here. Try to use large fonts. Nothing smaller than
24 right? You want this to be easily read by the people in the very back of the room.
Pictures graphs, charts and so forth are especially helpful if they are related to your topic
which goes right back to something we were talking about earlier. It’s always helpful
to choose light colored backgrounds and dark text. If you were to actually go into the power
point system and look at all the different options they give you for what your slides
could look like. I am surprised by how many have red backgrounds and yellow texts. This
is a lived experience. She actually used red as a background and it didn’t work out that
well so don’t do that. These are simple points, but for some reason
we don’t tend to follow them. I think we always tend to fall into the power point trap.
I actually think in my experience that we use power point to torture each other. We
can’t simply do the basics right? Instead we want to use every little bit of animation
we possibly can. So don’t do that. We want to try to be creative and use different
colors on every page. We want to write out our entire presentation on power point slides. All of these things become a distraction instead
of something that is emphasizing pretty simple points. If I had a Mickey Mouse dancing across
here, you wouldn’t be paying much attention to what I was trying to get at. A couple more hints about power point. It
is almost impossible for people who use power point to not talk to the screen. We either
talk to the screen in front of us or even worse, we do this. In which case, I am turning
my back on you. I would simply remind you that the screen doesn’t love you; the screen
doesn’t care about you. The people who care about you are your audience members so you
need to be talking to them. The other thing that we run into with power point is that
if often doesn’t work so no matter how fancy your technology is I would be prepared to
do without it. Always bring a backup of some sort. In fact,
I got here a good fifteen minutes early because I know this happens to us. It took us almost
a whole 12 minutes to log onto the computer. Technology is often really problematic. My
own personal story here when I got the job at A&M, this one about four years ago, my
interview was in winter, and there was an ice storm. My job talk which should have taken
place in a room like this with technology ended up taking place in the Reveille Inn
Dining Room. The Reveille Inn is a bread and breakfast with no technology, but I made it
through. You see me standing here today because I was prepared to give my talk no matter what
happened. How do we practice good delivery? Get used
to it because this is what we do. We are academics we have to do this. It is part of our deal
we make when we enter into this world. Me worry? This is you. You are not worried. I
would suggest right off the bat that you develop a speaking style that is not memorized and
is not impromptu. I think memorizing is pretty unlikely for a full length conference presentation,
but at the same time you certainly don’t want to be making it up as you go along. Usually we have our presentations written
down in some way whether it is on a paper like I do or on little notecards. What I would
kind of urge you to do is to know your presentation well enough that you can have it in front
of you. You can look at it every once in a while, pick up a few sentences, and glance
back down to pick up another few sentences. Therefore, you are continuously making eye
contact, and we call this extemporaneous speaking in the public speaking world. Do you suggest that we writing down everything
that we say or just write down bullet points? I think it is up to you. For some people bullet
points work really well. Especially if you are practicing it, you know what those bullet
points signify. You can have a very short bulleted thing and know that these are the
sentences that are going to go on with the bullet points. My preference, I usually have
my entire presentation written out, but if you have been watching me, I am glancing up
and down pretty consistently. I think it is up to you. You have to kind of grapple with
what works best for you which means again as you get more experience you are going to
figure out what does work. Extemporaneous speaking, like I am talking
about, helps you not read your presentation, but it also helps with a couple of other things. One is that you get to make eye contact with
your audience members. Eye contact basically tells your audience that you are engaged with
them that you care. You are interacting with them. Speaking with your audience as you are
making eye contact with them, you might be paying attention to what they are doing. This is a great chance for you to know where
you audience is right? Are they playing on their iphones? You all are a really attentive
audience. I have to say. My undergraduates are on their computers. They are playing with
their iphones. I have been at presentations where people are flipping through their conference
books to figure out where they are going next. If you are seeing folks who are distracted,
it is time to step your performance up. You need to re-engage your audience in some way.
Tell a small joke. Make them laugh. Do something. Get louder. Speaking of humor, does it work? What do you
think? Have you seen humor in some of these academic presentations? Yes, little bits. Outrageous humor bringing
in the circus is maybe not a good idea, but often it really does help to have small, non-offensive
jokes. Please double check those jokes that you think might be offensive or just don’t
tell them at all. Small non-offensive jokes get your audience interested in what you are
going to say. You really are a presenter or a performer here so think about it as a performance. I think there are definitely times where humor
is not appropriate so be aware of those times as well. One place where it is consistently
appropriate is when you make a mistake. For example, the joke that I made earlier when
I missed my slides and said, “You shouldn’t do this.” That is a great example for laughing
at a mistake instead of apologizing. Once you apologize, we are only focused on your
mistake. It is not that big of a deal we all make mistakes. The other way to get their attention is vocal
variety. You mentioned monotone speaking. Speaking in monotones is sleep inducing. You
cannot put anybody to sleep faster if you speak like this all the time. Vary your pitch,
vary your rate, insert a couple pauses, and vary your volume. You will become a more interesting
speaker all together. Here is one of the things that I struggle
with is hand movement. Most of what you read in terms of making good presentations say
minimize your hand movement. Place your hands on your podium keep your hands down. I love
speaking with my hands so this is something that I struggle with still. The one thing
that I can tell you is that the worst, worst, worst thing you can do with your hands is
put them in your pockets. It drives me crazy. Don’t do it. It signals that you are so
uncomfortable with your hands that you are putting them in your pockets. Putting them
in your pockets is a bit informal. You are really uncertain about what to do with them.
Just rest them somewhere. Just relax. I have “stand up” here although I am iffy
about this. I think standing up makes sure people can see you. If I were sitting, I think
some people would have difficulty seeing me. When you stand, you generally have more authority.
If you are in a conference presentation moment, where every presenter before you has been
sitting down. I would suggest that you be sitting down too. Begin with an introduction
like, “Howdy how are you doing?” Maybe your name depending on how much information
your chair has given about you. You may want to insert a little information about you.
I always include a thank-you. I think it is a nice way to end a presentation. The bottom line here: practiced practice practice.
It will make you feel more comfortable with all of this. Next up, in my own presentation
here because we have talked now about preparing, about visual aids, and about delivery. Is
to talk about the Q& A session. Does the Q &A session worry you? Yes. Why does it worry
you because you may not be able to answer the question. I think that is our main worry
most of the time. I think the bottom line is you need to expect questions that are going
to floor you. Questions that you are just not going to know the answer to. What you
really want though is those good tough critical questions so I am asking you to reframe this
in your mind. Instead of being scared of those tough questions, think yes they have offered
me a tough question because what that shows is that they have been listening. They find
the presentation interesting that they actually have questions about it because the opposite
of this is silence and have we been to those presentations? There is nothing more uncomfortable
than silence after a presentation. You want to do everything you can do to avoid that
by giving an interesting presentation something that is going to attract the interest of your
audience. These are just kind of little tips. I know
I have a problem with this as well: trying to not get defensive when you are answering
questions. I think we interpret these questions as attacks on us when actually they are questions
about our ideas. If we think about it this is the way that knowledge is created. We questions,
we tweak, we think about. They are not attacking you necessarily what they are asking for is
clarification or expansion upon your ideas and that is an important distinction to make.
What if you don’t know the answer? Do you run away? No, it is actually okay to not know
the answer. You can simply say, “This was a really good question it deserves more thought.
Can we meet at a separate time? Can we talk later?” Praise the question. Praise the
questioner and then say, “Let’s talk more.” If you don’t understand a question, and
this is pretty frequent in Q&A sessions actually. Often people who are asking questions ask
them as if they just want you all to do research like they would do research. They say, “Now
in my field I would have done blah, blah, blah. Now how would you do it if you were
me. “ If you don’t understand quite what they
are getting at, ask them to rephrase it. They should be more than happy to do so. Some of
these questions are off the wall, and you just have to bounce them back and say, “No,
no, no, no tell me again what you mean.” Again, what to do if you don’t know the
answer. Praise the questions, ask the questioner to discuss the issue with you individually,
and remember that this really is not the worst thing in the world. There are smart ways to
say I don’t know, and those smart ways include, we should talk about this more instead than
running away. In the humanities, I can tell you right off
the bat that the number one problem that we have is that we read our papers. If you go
to any conference, if you go to MLA, if you go to the national communication association
conference, we read our papers. It is tedious. It is boring. I don’t know why we still
do it. I’m asking you not to. Scientists or people who are outside of the
humanities have slightly different sets of issues although not entirely different. I
have four common mistakes or common problems we can think about. Again, these are things
that are going to sound familiar because we have already discussed the basics. One of them is that scientists or engineers
often think that the data speaks for itself. I’m just going to throw this stuff out there.
Here are my equations. Here are my findings. I don’t actually need to make arguments
about it. I would ask that you keep in mind that how you present your material is going
to impact how that material is received. Thinking carefully about what you are placing emphasis
on. What kind of background you give in terms of your theories and so forth becomes really
important. Common mistake number two is actually similar
to the first: forgetting about the audience because your data is so great. You say, “This
is amazing stuff! You all should be really impressed by this. I’m not even going to
think about you.” Keep in mind that communication is a two or three or four way track. I am
sending messages your way and you are receiving them, but I am picking up on what you are
looking at. You are like, “Really?” I am responding to the kinds of messages that
you are sending back to me as well so you need to keep yourself in the audiences’
position at all times. You might ask yourself some of the following questions so that you
keep yourself in the audiences’ position at all times. What other scientists might be interested
in, or what other areas might be interested? These are for talks of all lengths, but especially
for longer or more diverse talks. I think this really goes for just about anybody. How
can I generate excitement in my subject in someone without knowledge, any knowledge,
in the field, or is there research or a teaching anecdote that I can use to bring emphasis
or interest? Maybe even a little humor? It is tough. Common mistake number three is speaking in
scientific journalese. Humanities folks, do I have English folks? What is our equivalent
to scientific journalese? It is theory talk. It is high theory talk. ‘Now for my presentation
on Derrida?” Blah. We can read it, but it is hard to dissect when you are reading it.
The solution here is to translate written science into spoken science so we are back
to that difference between written and oral communication. A well-prepared presentation
should be simple, direct, filled with active words and the technical language should be
kept as simple as possible. Again, you have to do this without dumbing down your presentation.
It is a tough line to walk, but you should at least try to negotiate it. Poor visual aids are another problems. This
seems to be specifically for scientific or technical folks because generally humanities
folks don’t use visual aids. Generally any conference presentation that
I give does not have any visual aids whatsoever which means that all of the focus really is
on me, but when you do have graphs or charts or whatnot, you need to make sure that they
don’t look like the visual aid that I showed you a few minutes ago which was cluttered
with numbers. I have actually been citing a specific document
here called “Scientifically Speaking,” and it is written by the Oceanography Society.
It is a great resource and it is online. Not only does it talk about presentations, but
it also talks about poster presentation. Poster presentations are probably more important
in the world of science than they are again in the world of humanities. If you are interested
in that, I would highly suggest that you check out the website which will be on the handout
I will give you at the end of my presentation. I have a little time for questions. The questions
is: What do you do when people are asking questions in the middle of your presentation? I think you have a couple of ways to go about
it. You can go with the flow and try to answer those questions, or you could simply say,
I’m going to make a note of that. I’m going to come back at the end of my presentation
if we have time in Q&A. Your goal is ultimately to A: finish your presentation and do it well
and B: not offend your audience. It is actually a nice thing to say, “That is a great question,
can I pick that up in a minute?” My guess is that once you say that the other people
in the audience who are wanting to ask questions will get the hint, or they should. This question broadly is can you clarify what
you are asking us to do in terms of writing up an actual presentation versus basing it
on what your conference paper is because you actually have a document in front of you.
I’m saying yes indeed I do. I can actually show you a longer version of the document.
These are my presentation notes, and I have a much longer document about giving good presentations
that I have crafted this presentation from. Indeed, what I describe to you is exactly
what I do when I am presenting. I look at my conference paper, often you can cut and
paste, but I come up with an entirely separate document that does not entirely mirror my
original paper. It is more work, and that is part of the reason why we do give bad presentations
because we have limited time. We are on the airplane on the way to the conference going
can’t say this or this. I know people that are also writing their paper on the way to
the conference on the airplane. I do know don’t do that. Write it ahead of time, a
couple days at least. I do know that it is tough to squeak out the time to do it, but
it does make a difference. Do you want to know how I practiced for this
presentation?. This is a presentation I am familiar with because I have given parts of
it before in various places. Before coming here, I practice it full two times once last
night and once again this morning. I probably would have done it more, if I had been more
unfamiliar with it. Two full run-throughs so about forty minutes each, and I would sit
down with the computer to my side. I actually sat I didn’t stand. I sat with the computer
to my side so I could press the button for the power point because I was running the
power point as I went through it. So that is how I do it. I really actually do practice
what I preach. I really do practice. If English is your second language, really
think about practicing because practicing is going to be the thing that makes you the
most comfortable with speaking English. I would also think in that case that it might
be helpful to practice in front of other people. I know that I can practice alone in my office,
but it might be useful to practice in front of other people. I actually wouldn’t worry
about it too much. The truth is that we are all in fields that are becoming increasingly
international. I think if you are speaking as you were just speaking the audience will
work with you to understand. You make your best effort right? You put your best foot
forward. I think the audience also has a duty and a responsibility as an active audience
to understand you. I hope you all have a fantastic wonderful
Friday afternoon.

40 thoughts on “Effective Conference Presentations

  1. I'm impressed, I would like to be able to present like this.
    I just seem to become too nervous when I have to present something.

  2. Great presentation! Kudos to the presenter. I was searching YouTube for examples of effective presentations. In this presentation I think I found one. I wanted to watch the entire presentation even though I didn't have to. It was that engaging and informative. Well done, Dr. Dubriwny. Thank you!

  3. Hi! I don't agree with you about handouts. I think the best think to do is to give them the full set of handouts to take notes on. I have one presentation I show, and the handout reflects key slides with space for notes.

  4. Thank u sooo much
    U can't imagine how much this helped me..
    as an international student i was worried because of my English in my upcoming first conference paper presentation..
    You really gave me motivation that i can go through it..
    You'r so nice, friendly and humble..
    Thank u again

  5. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE drop the vocal fry at the end of your sentences!!! This is unlistenable because it's so irritating. Rule number one of any presentation should be NOT to croak your voice like a "valley girl".

  6. thank you so much for your well-delivered presentation. I learned so much in preparing for my first presentation in an international conference.

  7. Thank you very much for some valuable guidelines, I also think "if you are telling something to audience then you should tell it in their way of understanding not yours" 😀

  8. Who's viewing this in 2016? This is a timeless presentation about effective conference presentations.The ideas and tips recommended by Dr Dubriwny are spot on! Inspiring and assuring, thank you for your brilliant presentation.

  9. This is a great presentation that was full of knowledge. I am a physician and I am preparing for my first paper at a big conference. This helped me a lot a give me tips to through confidently.

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  11. Dear ,
    Sincerely thank you so much for your instruction for an effective presentation. I hope i am going to achieve one of the best awards in the next conference annually organized at Hanoi Medical University.
    Sincerely,
    A medical student from Vietnam

  12. Thank you so much , a very interesting and meaty information I have learnt about effective presentation

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