10 Tips for Academic Talks

Posted: January 4, 2011 in How to...?, Top 10's
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Another excellent article by Matt Might. In his article, Matt lists his top 10 tips on giving a good academic talk, and goes into detail in explaining each tip. In summary, the top 10 tips (in no particular order) are:

  1. The audience determines the talk.
  2. Practice almost makes perfect.
  3. Nervous energy is exploitable.
  4. Every talk should motivate a problem.
  5. An academic talk is about an idea, not a paper.
  6. Slides must not overwhelm the viewer.
  7. Images and diagrams are better than text.
  8. Math’s benefit must outweigh the loss of attention.
  9. Style matters.
  10. Questions are not random.

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