Overview on Talk

	    Guidelines for an Effective Presentation

	Tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em, 
	    then tell 'em, 
	        then tell 'em what you've told 'em.

Four general rules:

1. Devices for shaping a presentation in an effective perspective

  a. An informative title indicates the scope of the presentation.

  b. In the introductory segment "zoom in" to the topic. At the end, "zoom out."

  c. Identify underlying questions that presentation seeks to address
      (for long talk, divide questions into hierarchy of subquestions);
      presentation is a series of answers to these questions.

2. The mainstream of the talk should address a single focus issue,
    tuned to the interest of the audience.

	- Omit information not directly relevant to presentation's focus
	- Keep sidetracks brief and always return to the same point.
	- Avoid backtracking.

3. Statements--constituting the mainstream of the presentation--should
    delineate a clear, logical line of thought.

    	- Unambiguously formulate scientific concepts and methodology.
	- Avoid professional jargon.

4. End the presentation with a clearly formulated, concise conclusion.
    When this take-home message has been delivered, stop!

Most importantly,

	communicate with your audience (articulation and eye contact);
	convey enthusiasm about your work.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
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