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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 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 ...
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What is the perception of doing a conference presentation at your own institution as opposed to another one?

This is a hypothetical question so no hard facts about conferences etc. Say for example there is a conference at your own university that you get to present a paper at but you also get accepted at ...
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Using proprietary software to demonstrate work in conference

I am going to conduct a workshop on my research work and for that I need to show how it is done on the software. I want to know, Is it ok to display the proprietary software (through TeamViewer) ...
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Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos?

Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos when importing them to presentation slides to make the logos meet the template standards and fit the theme colors?
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Why do national laboratory presentations contain so much info per slide?

I've seen many, many examples of scientific presentations from the National Laboratories in which virtually every slide is oversaturated with information. If this were an isolated event, I wouldn't ...
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Present tense or past tense for presenting someone else's paper?

I am supposed to present the famous Gregor Mendel's 1865 genetics paper. So what tense I am supposed to present it in? Whether I must use present tense or past tense? A general advise regarding ...
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Should I accept an invitation to give a talk on dated work?

I'm a recent math PhD, working in Subject X. I had the good luck to give a counterexample to a conjecture in Subject Y, using ideas from X. I don't know much about Y -- in fact I learned the ...
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Will my accepted paper appear in conference proceeding without presentation?

Will generally accepted papers appear in conferences proceeding without presentation? In particular my paper is accepted for this conference. In the conference web site they pointed out: "Accepted and ...
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Is there added value in having your own presentation layout and using it consistently?

From the perspective of a Ph.D. student, how much of an added value is it to have your own presentation slides layout, that is used consistently throughout your Ph.D. conference presentations and ...
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Things to focus on in a model lesson

A model lesson is a usual element in interviews for the faculty level positions. Normally this is not a full lesson but a 15-minute version which is performed in absence of actual students for just a ...
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How can I make my research sound exciting?

I really enjoyed my research but it happens that whenever I tell somebody about it, I have the impression I'm making it sound boring, unimportant and not exciting. Americans have a way of telling a ...
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Should a phd student try present a review paper in a conference?

I am a PhD student and I am doing a literature review for my dissertation. Despite the fact that I am working on the topic, I am not an expert; but I have enough information because of my previous ...
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How to present a review paper at a conference?

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 ...
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How to engage in discussion after a presentation on an unfamiliar topic?

Sometimes I am in a conference presentation or seminar which there are only a handful of audiences, and after the presentation the atmosphere simply urges the audiences to ask questions or the ...
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Should I list talks I invited myself to give on my CV?

I'm traveling a lot this summer, and I invited myself to visit and give talks at a couple of universities in other countries. Do I list these talks on my CV? If so, under what heading? They're not ...
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How many times can you present the same material at different conferences before it becomes stale?

I just finished my PhD in Mathematics and am in between my PhD and postdoc positions. I was very fortunate to have the ability to present my research to seminars and conferences over the last couple ...
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Signed up for conference, having second thoughts

My advisor suggested that I should sign up for a conference, which I did - I now have to give a 15 minute talk. However, the conference is taking place very far from me (+20 hour flight), and I am ...
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Which topics to include in a teaching presentation?

I have been shortlisted for a lectureship position. The committee has asked me to present a 10 minutes (!) lecture on teaching game development topics to undergrads. My teaching experience amounts to ...
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Talking about other projects in a job talk

I have seen plenty of job talks, but whenever the speaker talks about a list of topics that they are "not going to talk about today", I often get distracted and even a little bit annoyed. It dilutes ...
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How to submit a talk to a conference – Starting with replying to a Call for Presentations

I have received a Call for Presentations for a conference and I have a topic that could be interesting to present. The Call for Presentations describe the various forms of presentations that one can ...
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Are religious invocations in academic presentations appropriate?

One thing that I have noted come up a few times in presentations in the US in the last few years has been that some speakers—usually graduate students and postdocs, rather than more established career ...
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How can you get to do a Short Oral Presentation at the International Congress of Mathematicians?

I am wondering, how hard or competitive is it to obtain a slot for short oral presentation(20-minute talk) at the International Congress of Mathematicians? Generally, how many slots are allotted for ...
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What is the purpose of chairmen at conferences?

I often struggle when explaining people not familiar with academics or new to academics the concept of a chairmen at conferences or talks. At some point I have to say that this is somehow an academic ...
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How to do a flawless and natural presentation?

I have been attending a number of academic / professional conferences recently and one thing that really awed me was the flawless and natural way in which the speakers presented on their topics. ...
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Good slide design for teaching?

When I am preparing slides for a course (as I have been today, weekend be damned), aside from questions of pacing and exposition, I often find myself asking various questions about the layout of ...
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Is it ethically problematic for an internal candidate to attend the job talk of a candidate for the same job?

I noticed that my university has been considering "internal" candidates more strongly for permanent faculty positions. These are candidates who have received their masters degree and/or a PhD at the ...
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Useful strategies for answering “dumb” questions in a talk?

It has often been said that there is no such thing as a dumb question. And yet - perhaps due only to inattention, lack of sleep, or hunger - otherwise brilliant people sometimes manage to ask some ...
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How do I 'read the room' and adjust my pace while lecturing?

I am a PhD student. I've never taught a lecture-style course before. I just filled in for my advisor at the last minute, giving a lecture in an undergrad course. I taught from the lecture slides that ...
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How to phrase the title in a presentation at an academic interview?

When delivering a presentation at an academic interview, what are some keywords which should be included in the title of the presentation? Should the title be in the first person? What are some good ...
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What is the difference between a plenary and a keynote talk?

I am organizing a workshop and have invited a featured speaker to give a synthetic talk. What is the appropriate term for this role?
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GNU Free Documentation License

I want to use this picture for one of my presentations. Do I have to mention the author there, and if yes, how do I mention him? It will be my first talk in English, so I don't really know how to ...