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Presentation: Is using cartoon slides un-professional or fun?

I am close to graduating and am going to an assessment center for a very large tech company. One thing we need to do is hold a presentation about one of their products. I want to stand out a bit from ...
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What information should the speaker transmit during the title slide of a conference presentation?

Any standard presentation starts with an opening slide which displays the title of the presentation, name of the speaker and collaborators, affiliation and some attractive image. Before any ...
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How should I ask what degree abbreviations an academic wants to come after their name?

I am writing a conference presentation application form, and so far presenters must fill in the blanks as follows: Name Title (Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof, etc.) Position Organisation I also want to know ...
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E-Commerce / Online Marketing [closed]

I have to prepare a presentation about E-Commerce / Online Marketing. Our professor told me, that we should also interact with our listeners. Now I'm searching for some ideas to involve them.
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Can't handle the stress while being bombarded with questions during the presentation

I am a fashion designer student. I have given numerous presentations but one thing always bothers me: the level and frequency of questions by the questioners. By that I mean some folks in the class ...
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Cannot present paper at conference. Instructor wants to move me to second author

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I am not able to present my paper at a Computer Science conference. Without the presentation the paper will not be published. My instructor has said that she will ...
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Is it okay to open up the thesis file during the defense?

During the follow-up discussion during the PhD defense, would it be okay if I open up the thesis pdf file to answer some questions, for example to refer to a figure or equations? or should everything ...
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How should I list my advisor's name on a talk I am giving about our joint work?

I am very new to this... I need to give a short talk at a conference soon, on which I am going to talk about something my advisor and I work on together. Alphabetically, he should go before me, ...
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Is it acceptable to take photos of slides at a conferences for private use?

Is it accepted/appropriate to take pictures of presentation slides at conferences for private use? I am not talking about putting those pictures out in the public afterwards, I know this is illegal ...
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Poster orientation: Landscape or portrait (horizontal or vertical)?

Which is a better poster orientation: Vertical/portrait (taller than wide) or horizontal/landscape (wider than tall)? Assume that the content does not "naturally" fit either of these formats so as to ...
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Right time to go for poster presentation and talks

I have multiple questions regarding talks and poster presentations. I am in my second year of PhD (computational biology) and have not yet published any paper. Keeping my background in mind do answer ...
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Is it good for the speaker to read notes during a presentation?

I am wondering whether it looks odd if a speaker reads notes during a presentation? I am asking this because, I noticed that a few presenters can’t present their work or research well due to ...
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How to present a paper via skype?

I'm doing a skype presentation of a paper that would be published soon. The presentation is for an improvement of a procedure that was not so accurate before (Computer Science related). Should I only ...
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Can you present an image without knowing who originally created it?

I would like to present the image located on this website during a presentation I am giving next week. http://www.taopatch.com/blog/quantum-dots-entangled-with-single-photons/ The image does not say ...
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Offer to chair a session - how should I decide whether to accept?

I am doing my PhD and presenting a paper at a conference, which I have already done a few times. However, I just saw an email from the organising committee asking if I am willing to chair one or more ...
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What should be the theme of a presentation in a research visit?

I am having a one-week research visit in a far east country. I was asked by the head of the hosting group to give a presentation. I have never done this before, hence I am quite confused about the ...
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Is it acceptable to contribute a poster to a conference without actually attending?

I have a poster presentation that I cannot attend but I have prepared a poster to tell my friend to post for me. Is it common to do a poster presentation at a conference/meeting without being there in ...
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How to ignore a presenter's bad english?

I recently attended an average international conference in Computer Science. This was the first time I actually attended an international conference. The level of English that I heard during the ...
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Should bullets appear before animations, or animations before bullets?

I'm designing curriculum that involves many steps and a correlating animation to go with it. The end goal of this curriculum will be to turn into a video where it might end up on Youtube (or something ...
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How to manage very weak students presenting problem solutions?

In some of my more advanced classes, I have students present solutions to problems on a rotating basis. Not all solutions are perfect, but for almost all students this goes okay. However, sometimes ...
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Do you acknowledge someone mentioned in your paper/presentation that is in the audience?

Say for example you are giving a paper at a conference and someone you name in your paper is in the audience. Is there any expectation that you make reference to this persons presence when giving your ...
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Does a conference talk in an invited session count as an invited talk?

Here is the situation: Prof. X organizes an "invited session" at a conference (in the broader realm of statistics and economics), and asks my supervisor, Prof. Y, to give a talk there. Y does not have ...
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How do I politely ask a convenor to not publish my name on the conference website?

I will be presenting a paper at a major conference in the Spring: this will be my academic debut! The issue is that I have a permament teaching job (middle school) that does not permit time off to ...
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Should I lead an applause after introducing colloquium speaker?

I am introducing my first speaker at my university and, since the speaker is rather famous, I wrote a 1-2 minute introduction. The crowd will be interdisciplinary and between 100-400 people. Should ...
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Determining the co-presenters of a conference presentation when the work is already published

I am the lead author of an article publication, and there are 3 co-authors for this publication. I will submit a proposal to a major conference to present the findings of this published work, and I ...
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PhD interview - short (!) presentation

I got invited for a PhD interview to the University of Edinburgh. I was asked in the email to prepare a 10 mins presentation on a recent research I was involved in. I did a sandwich placement year and ...
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How do judges evaluate presentations at an undergraduate conference?

I'm giving a presentation at an undergraduate conference. There are awards given for the best talks. The focus of each talk is what the student has been working on for their research project. What, ...
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'et al' in presentation speech

For giving a research presentation, I will need to refer to papers with multiple authors. When citing in the slides, I use the convention (as does everyone else) of 'et al.' How should I pronounce ...
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In a job talk for a postdoc position, should I refocus my talk to be closer to the research at this research center?

I've been invited to visit a research center for a postdoc position, including giving a brief talk (25min) about my thesis. My doubt is, should I refocus my talk to be closer to the research they are ...
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Dealing with someone who asks many questions during presentations

While giving a presentation there is this guy X, a PhD student and a friend, asking all sorts of questions, even unrelated ones. He is also eager to answer questions of others while he is just an ...
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Let's party !: ways to interact with the students similar to “Science Meets Speed Dating”

My institution would like to organize an event where the students of our university would meet the researchers of our lab(s) and where we could expose what our daily work look like, what are our ...
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What is the etiquette on presenting work-in-progress that's mostly literature review in a conference talk in the humanities?

Is it socially acceptable to present a conference paper which is not (yet) highly original research? Being in the humanities, research requires much of literature reading rather than experimental or ...
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Posting Teaching Videos on Personal Website

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student in the US. I recently gave a talk in an undergraduate mathematics seminar at my university, and one of my friends in attendance offered to record ...
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Should I correct a course assignment that I already presented? I'm not sure whether the professor will notice the error

In a subject of my master we did a team work (analyse a piece of data). All the teams deliver the slides for the presentation the same day even if we presented it in different days. This work is 40% ...
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Particular tone or rhythm in academic presentations

I always wonder whether there are some particular rhythms (or tones) people use while presenting their work. It seems many people I have seen talking have some particular style and they repeat that ...
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How much can you 'laymanize' a PhD presentation?

I am in my first year of a PhD in France. I recently attended a competition of best presentation by PhD students. It was a 15 minutes visual presentation and 7 minutes of questions. After the ...
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How much unfinished work and unexplored ideas should one share in a presentation?

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student working in differential geometry in the US. I'm currently preparing a presentation for a graduate seminar at my university, and today I met with ...
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IEEE conference not allowing presentation by a non-author: how can I get the organizers to reconsider?

I have a paper accepted at a reputed IEEE conference. Since my visa arrived late, I may not be able to attend the conference personally (need to apply for a transit visa). I contacted the organizers ...
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How to cite a deck of powerpoint slides with two titles?

I need to cite a deck of powerpoint slides (in APA style). However, the complication comes because the deck of slides which I found online is a compilation of two presentations - there are two titles, ...
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What did Universities use in lectures before they starting using PowerPoint?

On my 'quest' to understand how universities have changed over the past decade(s), I'm curious as to how teaching in lectures was done before the days of PowerPoint (which as an undergraduate is ...
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Two abstracts accepted for oral and poster presentation, but I prefer they are swapped

A conference has accepted my two abstracts in the same track, the first for an oral presentation and the second as a poster. However, I expected the second one would be accepted for oral ...
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Should I include funny pictures in my slides?

I am preparing slides for a short (10min) talk at the group meeting. The talk is about a fairly serious piece of (pure) mathematics, and it so happens that there is a very relevant one-panel webcomic. ...
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Using the title of famous books as titles in presentations

I want to give a presentation in which I want to use the title of famous books as some of the titles of my slides to add some taste to it. Am I allowed to use for example (Great Expectations) in the ...
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Difference between slides and poster presentation

I am wondering that how explaining your work with a talk with slides differs from a poster presentation. Since I do not have any idea, I always explain my poster to the viewer just same way as I would ...
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Tongue slip problem in presentation even after a good amount of practice

How can I overcome the tongue-slip problem in conferences, meetings and seminars? I have read many discussions regarding conference presentation, such as delivering a good presentation, staying ...
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How to give a short talk at big math conference (section talk)?

Context: Very big math conferences are often structured in the following way: there are key note speakers, but also sections on more specific topics, as well as satellite workshops on quite narrow ...
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What to say in one-minute presentation of a poster in a scientific conference?

The chair person of my poster session has told each participant to make an one-slide presentation with one minute maximum speaking time (known as poster blitz or poster madness). I am wondering what ...
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How to deal with presentation time running out in a scientific conference?

I understand that it is not a good idea to speak more after your time is out during a conference presentation. So we generally distribute our total times among each slide depending the contents and ...
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What are some bad effects of bullets in presentations?

I get confused with some comments of JeffE on this question. Those are: ...avoid bullets entirely. Powerpoint doesn't kill people. Bullets kill people. The comments got a lot of upvotes, so ...
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Giving a talk on a paper whose authorship is not finalized

I will shortly be giving a seminar presentation on a research project that I worked on with collaborators X, Y and Z. We have not yet submitted our paper for publication, and one question we have yet ...