Category Archives: Presentations

Presentation Week 2016

I’m going to start a yearly tradition. For one week in October/November, I will create a week’s worth of posts about giving presentations. I am constantly striving to improve my own presentation ability, and I think a lot of researchers need help to present their research effectively. Presentation Week will occur in advance of the INFORMS annual meeting in early/mid November, which is my main academic conference. Posts will be archived here.

Here are the posts for this year:
Monday: Planning the Length of Your Talk
Tuesday: Memorize your talk?
Wednesday: Slide Do’s and Don’ts (probably a post I’ll re-visit each year)
Thursday: Handling Questions Gracefully
Friday: Focus on What You Want the Audience to Remember

Much of the material I use comes from two books I read this year: TED Talks and Presentation in Action.

Book Review- Presentation in Action

Presentations in Action
by Jerry Weissman, 2011

Presentations in action

A quick read that describes preparing for public presentations. One needs to know his material, to have good slides, to connect with the audience, and to handle questions appropriately. I think I’ll mark a few “lessons” to refer back to when making important presentations (i.e. job talks and important conference presentations).