Five things your too long presentation says about you

November 24, 2010

Hand of Time by Looking Glass

So your presentation runs longer than planned? What does this say about you? Read the rest of this entry »

Five guidelines for practicing your next presentation

October 3, 2010

So, exactly how much should you practice? You will probably get as many answers to this as you ask people. So here is my opinion:

Seth Godin claims “Rehearsing is for cowards“. He argues (roughly) that the goal of rehearsal is to get rid of the hitches, which in turn undermines “going forward”. Now, being somewhat of a fan of Seth Godin I am pretty sure that he does not claim that we go in completely unprepared. No, in fact, he eludes to this by saying: “I’m not dismissing study, learning, experimenting or getting great at what you do. In fact, I’m arguing in favor of this sort of hard work.” The implication is that we know our work; however, that we do not rehearse every single word, that we rather leave opportunity for spontaneity and going with the flow. Read the rest of this entry »

Seven thoughts on mastering your research presentation

September 10, 2010

I’ve been reading Garr ReynoldsPrezentation Zen blog for years and I am always impressed with how he learns from the things around him about various aspects of presentations. He is an American living in Japan, and as such draws a lot of his inspiration from Japanese culture.  Today he posted Presentation (and life) lessons from the dojo. I think we all have something to learn from judo practice. He makes the following statement

True humility is a sign of strength, over confidence or arrogance is a sign of weakness

And then presents seven rules from the martial arts that one should consider. I want to apply these rules to research presentations: Read the rest of this entry »