I discovered an excellent presentation on giving a presentation that doesn’t put the audience to sleep. Fun right…
If you feel like shooting to the presentation here is the link.
I found myself guilty of all the errors mentioned in this talk. I always start with an overview slide and end with a thank you slide. What a waste it has been
Here are the main takeaways extracted from the presentation.
- Don’t start with an overview slide, instead pose a question or motivating example.
- Give a glimpse of the results and make the audience wonder how you will get there.
- Motivate the context or application and tell them why what you are doing is important.
- The overview diagram of the project should be at the beginning and not at the end.
- Always have a figure on each slide. The image doesn’t have to be related to the content on the slide.
- Never end with a thank you slide. This slide will remain on the screen for the Q&A and should be useful.
- Use the last slide to summarize your talk, give more resources, pose questions, list take-home points, and open problems.
The slides belong to Ramesh Rasker of MIT Media Labs. Cheers!