Successful Technical Presentations
Dr. Cynthia Matuszek
Giving talks is one of the core tasks of a researcher. Technical presentations are how we accomplish some of our most important tasks: talks are the first step in getting other people excited about our work, getting suggestions and feedback, teaching, and applying for jobs and grants. Nonetheless, the art and science of giving a really good technical talk is one we are more likely to leave to chance than to deliberately train in. Not only does this mean we aren't accomplishing everything we could with our presentations; we're missing a chance to distinguish ourselves by improving a comparatively rare -- but learnable -- skill.
In this talk, I will describe the idea of the "culture of conveying information," and give a number of specific suggestions for improving technical talks -- including tools, rules of thumb, social conventions, and suggestions for making your talks engaging, informative, and memorable.