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Difference between paper and master thesis presentation

I am facing my Master thesis presentation (in Europe), and have read the excellent article by Matt Might on technical presentations. Most of his points seem very logical to me (avoid too much ...
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Using movie clips in a conference presentation

I'm a drafting a presentation for an upcoming conference. To illustrate some points I'd like to include some clips from well-known scifi movies about VR. Would this be considered "fair use"? Could ...
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Should non-talk slides be included in the handout?

I'm putting together a slideshow for an upcoming talk (I'm in a field where slideshows are slowly becoming common, and these colloquia are always good opportunities to get used to things like this). ...
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What's the best way to present regression results in a conference? [closed]

In many disciplines, regression results are a key finding that we use to present in conferences or seminars. I've seen many presentation slides full of numbers where in the end no auditor can identify ...
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Creative way to kick off a talk?

I have to do my defense seminar in couple days. I personally hate to kick off the talk with "hello and thank you for attending my talk". I am wondering if you know better ways/phrases to start a talk. ...
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Does an acceptance of an abstract mean that I will definitely be presenting at the conference?

I just had an abstract accepted by a UK conference and will be submitting the final paper in a few months. We were notified by email of the acceptance and directed to register for the conference. The ...
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Best practices when hosting visiting speaker (especially with the questions part of their talk)

I'm an undergrad and I have invited a speaker to come and speak in my department. He's a mathematician at another university, and although what he will talk about is relevant to mathematics, it's not ...
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Should I put future talks on my CV?

I am a Ph.D. student in mathematics, and I am currently applying for jobs. There are some talks that I will be giving later this month and the next few months. Should I put future, confirmed talks on ...
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Showing figures from a paper in presentation

I'm giving a talk summarizing someone else's paper and I'd like to show some figures from their paper during my presentation. It's an informal talk to fellow students and a few professors at my ...
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Can I force my professor to give me a copy of his powerpoint presentation?

In a class, students asked the professor to give us a copy of his powerpoint presentations, but he refused and claimed this is personal property. Students need the presentations to review the topics ...
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Using a graphics tablet to support recorded lectures?

My lectures (mathematics) are delivered in a theatre with full projection facilities, and my lectures are given as PDF slides. But I often need to explain something not covered in enough detail on a ...
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How to motivate speakers to give less specialized talks at a “colloquium?”

Our applied math department is beginning to have a serious attendance problem at our colloquium. The appropriate level for our colloquium is that any person with an undergraduate degree in a ...
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How to handle a student's public speaking anxiety when teaching a class that requires presentations?

In one of the courses I'm teaching this semester, each student has to give a 20-minute in-class presentation of a paper relevant to the topic of each class. One of the students has approached me ...
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How should I control my nervousness, so as not to disturb my presentation on the day of a conference?

My paper is successfully accepted in a very prestigious and reputable conference, to be presented orally in one of the presentation sessions. This is my first time that I am going to give such a talk ...
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Drifting away from the “boring” slide in the conference

I am not a fan of heavy/text-infested slides and hope my audience also second my opinion. I did resort to the healthy image-text ratio in most of the slides and am relying on my speaking skills during ...
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What is the significance of the overview slide in a presentation?

The first slide which follows the title page of my presentation is the overview slide. It has the title for each section to follow in the talk (thank you Latex!). My question is how much time is to ...
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Should I worry that a graduate student somewhere gave a talk using my abstract?

I was looking for mentions of my work on the internet and I came across a seminar series in which a graduate student had given a talk using an abstract of mine. It is unpublished work which I posted ...
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Guidelines for adding references to Powerpoint presentations

I'm wondering if there are guidelines or best practices on adding references to a research Powerpoint presentation. For example, should I put the full citation at the bottom of the slide? Liu, J., ...
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How to overcome my resistance to lecturing?

I am in a situation where I have several adult students for an all-day career training program that runs for about a year. So, they and I sit in the classroom most of a normal work-week. I decide when ...
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Use plural or singular first person in abstract of a talk on collaborative work?

When writing an abstract for a talk on a topic that I have collaborated on with others, should I be using the plural form, such as "We have shown this and that ..." or is it better to write it ...
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When to take questions during a thesis defense?

I am going do do my thesis defense next week. I am not nervous. On the contrary, I am so over-relaxed that my instincts tell me this will cause a problem during my defense. I am not sure when to take ...
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How do we explain a timing diagram in a technical talk?

One of my slides of my presentation at a technical conference includes a timing diagram. I have to explain the functionality of the read/write operation with the help of this figure. I have maximized ...
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To cite a publication with two authors in a presentation, should I write “X and Y” or “X et al.”?

I am preparing to give a presentation after few days. Some papers are authored by two people and some are by three. While referring their work during presentation what should I write for two authors. ...
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Submitting to conference without intention to present

I did a master's degree in computer science and wrote a thesis. I'm interested in submitting the work in my thesis to a second-tier conference in my research area -- if it is accepted, it will be a ...
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How to organize content of slides for a conference presentation?

I am going to attend my first IEEE conference on Electronic Design/Verification and am feeling quite nervous about my first oral presentation. I want to make sure to "sell" my point and ensure all ...
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Is it more acceptable to list interview talks on CV if they're also part of a seminar series?

Consider someone invited on a job interview (in the sciences) at a university or a national lab or something of that sort with a regular seminar series. As part of the interview, the person is asked ...
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How to greet the audience at the beginning of a PhD defense talk/presentation?

I'll be giving a 30-min public talk as a part of my PhD defense next month. It would be attended by the examination committee (consisting of my advisor and two examiners). I reckon that some ...
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Tips on preparing a good slideshow talk [duplicate]

I am preparing a talk for an advanced graduate course in mathematics, where I am supposed to use slides (the Beamer type, not handwritten). Since it's the first time I'm giving a presentation talk as ...
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Style guide for academic conference talks

Is there a comprehensive style guide aimed at academic slideshow-type talks? Googling has given me random style suggestions from various sources of dubious credibility. Most give obvious information, ...
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What attitude should a speaker have to going over time?

From John Baez's Advice for a Young Scientist: Your talks should be clear, concise, fun, exciting, and never ever run over time. For each extra minute your talk runs over, 10% more of the audience ...
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Is it inappropriate to explain why I really want to live where the university is located in my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. The university is located in city X. I really want a job in city X because I have many ...
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Should I give an overview of my research program at the beginning or at the end of my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. In many of the job talks I have attended, candidates will spend 40 minutes talking in ...
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How to respond to “philosophical” questions that aim to undermine a positions or derail a discussion?

A colleague of mine enjoys using philosophical questions to undermine ideas that are different to his own and to derail discussions that are not in his favour. At first I thought he was offering ...
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Interactive poll during the presentation - worth the hassle?

I recently attended a lecture where the speaker used piece of software to add interactive results to poll audience. As a presenter and/or audience - what is your opinion on added value of such ...
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What software can I use to poll my audience during presentation?

I recently attended a lecture where the speaker used piece of software to interactively poll the audience and display the results. The particular solution was ResponseWare. What other solutions are ...
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Suggestions for Working with Uncooperative / apathetic teammates [duplicate]

I am getting very frustrated / angry in working with my research teammates on a capstone course project in my Masters program. The project we are working is fairly complex and includes a good amount ...
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What to do if an audience member refuses to let you answer their question?

I was reading this question about famous people asking rude questions in talks, and it reminded me of a situation which happened at the end of my academic career. I would really like some advice on ...
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What to do about questions that are designed to embarrass the speaker?

I've attended a lot of seminars and lectures by now, and it's typical for the chair of the seminar to offer audience members a chance to ask questions of the speaker about their work after the ...
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How should I facilitate a panel discussion?

I've been asked to facilitate a panel discussion at a conference I'm presenting a paper at in a few weeks, and I'm thrilled at the idea, but I really have no idea what to do. I've never facilitated a ...
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Can you list a “last-minute” invited talk on your CV?

A session at an annual professional society meeting that I regularly help to organize includes an "invited" talk to anchor the session. Some years, the invited speaker is unable to attend the meeting ...
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What are the drawbacks of HTML5 presentation software?

I use pdf files, generated with Beamer/LaTeX, and whatever pdf viewer is available on the computer I am presenting on. While I like the Beamer/LaTeX/PDF combination better than PowerPoint type ...
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Where should I look to see if any funding is available for an industry-based research to attend and present at academic conference?

I am an industry-based researcher, which means that that I am not attached to any university or school. The research I do is basic and sector-based and some of them (as pointed out to me in this ...
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What should be included on the title page of a conference presentation

I am preparing slides for a conference. And I struggled (a bit) for what to put on the title page. I know the paper title is a must, maybe the conference name, place, date. How about authors and ...
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Is it OK to include a personal (non-science related) statement in the final slide of a presentation

Is it OK to include a personal note telling intention of hard-work on the topic, e.g. I am looking forward to work on this problem in the Conclusion slide of a presentation related to possible ...
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How to learn commenting on graphs and tables the right way?

I have attended many presentation where the presenter will show a graph/table in one of his/her slides, but they struggle to explain the semantics of the graph/table/results. I think there is much ...
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How to respond to the trivialisation of one’s work and unjustified demands for a considerable extension of the research?

I am a graduate student in engineering whose work includes a lot of programming and implementation of the developed theories. I am not a computer scientist, but I am a fairly skilled programmer, at ...
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Should we put the references in slides/poster when we already have them in paper?

After reading this question about slides making and asking myself two questions about poster making and TED talking, I realize that these activities are for showing what you found, make the audience ...
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Can images with a “noncommercial use only” licence be used in teaching and academic presentations?

Can I use images with a "noncommercial use only" license (such as CC-BY-NC) in my slides, both for teaching and conference talks?
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In teaching, what are the advantages of using slides over doing board work?

At my university, most lecturers and professors use slides in teaching. This is true for most engineering, mathematics and science courses. I am more comfortable with doing the board work and then ...
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Is it a good idea to connect data points on a plot to increase readability in slides?

I have a graph of points from a set of experiments, that I want to present on a slide. The important information in the graph is both the values of the points, and more significantly, that the green ...