I sent an abstract of a review paper for oral presentation to a conference, and it was accepted. The presentation will be about the most important developments and contributions made in the last decade on my specific area of research. Now I am preparing the speech, but I am not sure how to give a 12-minutes speech about all the work that has been done (it's a lot). Can someone give some suggestions on how to do a nice presentation about a review paper?
In 12 minutes, the best you can do for your audience is highlight four to six broad observations or conclusions about the state of research. Here are some questions you might address with your observations:
Don't try to make more than six observations in 12 minutes. By trying to say more, you are actually communicating less effectively. Any one who wants the full story can read your paper.
Call the Barenaked Ladies and ask them to compose a song similar to the Big Bang Theory Title. Then take a Guitar and sing.
In this case you manage to bring a lot of content inside a very limited time slot. On the other side this kind of presentation will burn your name into the brains of the scientific audience. Scientists are also often very thankful for everything making a conference less boring.
I know that there lays some sarcasm in the answer. But think about: What you can present at conferences is always only the tip of an iceberg. You always can only point out some few statements. The content of your presentation will be forgotten within minutes, hours, lates days... after you held it. Your goal is to get in contact with other scientists interested in similar or same topics.
Be creative, show that it's fun to talk to and work with you. Show what an interesting person you are. The hard fact stuff can be read in the conference notes for a more complete view.