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Why do most people think it's a bad idea to read from slides?

As many of you probably know, almost all advice regarding doing better academic talks includes universal advice to not put too many words in any one slide, and to not read straight from slides (this ...
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Is it ok to add a bit of humor and sarcasm to academic presentations [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to add slight humor and sarcasm to academic presentations? For example, I flip to a background slide and say "This is a typical slide used by researchers in (field) just to show off ...
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Face-saving way of asking whether audience is familiar with specific topic

Sometimes I give a talk for a limited number of persons (typically well below 15). Here, the audience consists of persons from different subfields of the same fields. Consequently, I am often not ...
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Oral vs Plenary at a Conference

In my field (Computer Vision), the largest international conference (CVPR) has the following format: two simultaneous oral sessions (with talks awarded to ~10% of accepted papers), followed by a ...
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Impact of slide quality on student learning

I'm working on improving the contents of a university level introductionary course. Has there been done any research on the impact of lecture slide quality on student learning? My assumption is ...
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I am an English Grad presenting at a NASA conference; what's the best way to prepare?

While answers might be too heavily opinion based, I'm just looking for a little reassurance as to what to expect. I've done undergrad conferences for English before and that's no sweat, but I sent off ...
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Conference presentation as an advertisement for a paper

I have read in a few places, for example here, that a 20-minute presentation (or indeed, any presentation at a conference) is an advertisement for the paper or research program in question. I had ...
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Have to give a talk soon but I no longer believe in my research

Basically, my supervisor wanted to measure variable X. X is very important to him due to some other projects we are working on. So he wanted me to give a talk on measuring X at an upcoming conference. ...
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Should I be suspicious of a conference that invites me, a recently admitted graduate student, to be an invited speaker?

I'm a recently-admitted student to graduate program, albeit possessing a considerable roster of research papers in known conferences and journals. I'd just, recently, received an email from the ...
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When should I tell a collaborator about a mistake in their work?

In a few days' time, a collaborator is going to be giving a talk to our research group. He has sent me the slides in advance (just to check that it all runs OK on our system). Having looked over the ...
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Props in seminar

I've been asked to give a seminar at an other research center about my work. Specifically about a device which was installed in an experiment. I have an early prototype of it (Size is about 20x5x2 cm)...
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Better to give a poor/unfinished talk at a conference or cancel it?

Here's my dilemma. I met a post-doc at a conference a while back, and told him about the project I was working on at the time, and he subsequently invited me to give a talk in a session at an upcoming ...
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Is it good idea to put a slide about “National Teacher Appreciation Day” at the end of presentation slides at my masters defense?

Tomorrow I have my master's project defense. So, I will be presenting and defending on my project "Course Advising System". I just noticed that tomorrow is a National Teacher Appreciation Day. Is it ...
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Interview for masters program including two minute scientific presentation

Yesterday I received an email that I have to give a two minute scientific presentation as part of an interview for a masters program on this coming Monday. Now I am really struggling whether I have to ...
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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 what ...
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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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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 one person in the audience (X a PhD student and a friend) asking all sorts of questions, even unrelated ones. They are also eager to answer questions of others ...
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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 ...