Who doesn't want their presentation to be awesome?
A presentation is not about detailing known facts. It's an opportunity to share your unique insights; those we can't google.
When I started grad school I was secretly hoping that someone would come out from behind an old bookcase, take me aside to an underground classroom, and debrief me on everything I needed to know to give awesome presentations. Sadly, it never happened for me, but you're in luck. I'm offering you the workshop I never got to attend.
I've spent the last three years obsessing about what makes presentations great, scribbling detailed notes about seminars I've attended and the post-mortem analyses on the 30+ talks I've given—what things worked, what fell short, things to try in the future, things to avoid. Now, I'm condensing all the realizations and aha moments I've accumulated over the years and sharing them with you.
During the workshop, you will be exposed to ideas that will challenge your notions of what a scientific talk is (and what it's not). You will learn to arrange your research findings into a narrative that connects with your audience, and you will understand what details make good presentations great. There will be four sessions, each exploring a different stage of the creation process, from the initial draft to the final delivery. On the fifth session, you will have the opportunity to apply what you've learned by sharing a cool scientific idea in a 10-minute presentation.
If you think this sounds exciting, you can reserve a seat at the (free) workshop by signing up below. We will be meeting for four consecutive Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm, starting on April 24th, at 24 Cummington St (conference room 103).
PS: The workshop has already taken place, but you can still sign up for the Awesome Presentations Newsletter to receive a weekly email with additional presentation tips. Here is the summary for each session:
- Session 1: Being indifferent, teachable and driven
- Session 2: How to craft compelling stories that people will remember (Video)
- Session 3: Creating effective slides without having to become a graphic designer
- Session 4: Shatter the barriers between you and the audience