Guides to giving good scientific talks
The links below take you to some informative articles that condense
some useful "tricks of the trade" for giving effective presentations.
I've tried to stick to suggestions by people in the physical sciences
(mainly physicists and astronomers, but there's one by a chemist and
one by a computer scientist) rather than more general "public
speaking" guides from other fields of academia or business (which
have different traditions and norms).
Ten Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk,
by Mark Schoeberl and Brian Toon, from the AGU's
Atmospheric Science Division.
Suggestions for Giving Talks,
notes by Robert Geroch from 1973 that are still valid today.
How Not to Give a Scientific Talk,
by Michael De Robertis (with hints from an article by
by James C. Garland, Physics Today (July 1991), 44, p. 42;
that article is also available as a PDF file
Non-Talk on Giving Talks, by Lucianne Walkowicz.
Contains some great, albeit sometimes irreverent, advice that
covers everything from empathizing with your audience to using
the right fonts and slide transitions.
Art of Scientific Presentations, by Allard Jan van Marle, a collection
of cool advice from a hot-star astronomer on composing slides,
delivering the spoken talk, synching with the technical aspects,
and dealing with hostile questioners!
(As of August 2010, the above link does not work. A local copy of the
Google cache for this web page is
Oral Presentation Advice, by Mark Hill, Computer Sciences Dept.,
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A Seminar on Seminars, by Kenneth Suslick, a humorous
presentation on what to do and what not to do.
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