Turning the Idea into a Talk

Turning the Idea into a Talk

Assessing the audience
Don't bore them, but don't omit essential details.
Adjust technical level so audience takes away science content.
   in contrast to paper aimed at non-technical audience.

Figures
Audiences expect illustrations with occasional sound bits.
Seek out and develop good visual material to illustrate points.
Web is a good place to search. Many images can be manipulated.
     (Tools: xv, scanners, Photoshop. Ask friends for help.)
Emphasize figures for biggest positive impact on talk's success.
 
Coverage
The old adage -- a young professor covers a lot; an old professor uncovers a little -- is good to keep in mind. Restrict your topics so you can do a good job on them: effective, clear communication.
 
Take home message
What do you want the audience to carry away?
What one thing? Is there a need for two or three messages?
 
Preparing
Do sentence outline (one main point per viewgraph).
Then revise it.   (revise = tighten/cut & rewrite/reorder)
  • What is point of each viewgraph?
  • What order leads inexorably to planned take-home message?

Headlines
Put main point as headline on vg — written to fit on single line.

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Turning the Idea into a Talk
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[Sunday, 17-Dec-2017 12:45:55 EST]
Edited by: wilkins@mps.ohio-state.edu on Tuesday, 10-Jan-2006 10:06:49 EST