More Talk Tips

	More Talk Tips

Time.  Don't exceed your allotted time.  As a rule of thumb keep presentation
   to 80% of the allotted time.  [In the course, a separate time is allotted 
   for questions, so the talk can last the full 10/20 minutes, but no more.]

Content.   Be able to summarize content of presentation in two or three
   well-constructed sentences

Structure.  
	A well-prepared abstract, 
	an organized set of well-chosen viewgraphs, 
	a concise `cheat-sheet,' and 
	an outline (perhaps displayed in the corner of every viewgraph) 
should all help to keep you on track during your seminar.

Know your stuff.  Accurate, complete, well-phrased descriptions of scientific
information portray speaker as a knowledgeable, reliable source of information.

Rehearse.  Always rehearse a presentation.
	   Prepare for each seminar for every individual occasion from 
	   scratch, always with the specific audience in mind.

Formulation and Argumentation.  The lecture must proceed as a logical 
   unfolding of information.  During the presentation facts must be enumerated
   in sequential steps, each step firmly founded on the previous one.
 
   To communicate effectively, avoid the use of jargon whenever possible!
   Speech reflects our thought processes, and an imprecise speaker is often 
     an unfocused thinker.

Delivery.  As with written text, the end of the sentence designates the 
   "stress" position. It is here the audience expects to be provided with the 
   most important information.

   Slowing down is a remedy for 90 percent of most speakers' problems.

Looking straight at members of the audience establishes the notion that you
   are talking to them, not just in front of them.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
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