scientific talks

How to Write a 5 Minute Talk

by Kelle January 5, 2011

How to Write a 5 Minute Talk | Cosmic Variance Required reading for anybody preparing a talk for AAS.  Actually, a lot of the advice in here applies just as well to 50 minute talks. My favorite bits: 1. The key to framing the talk is to figure out that One New Thing, and then […]

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Tweets from #DPS2010 Planetary Science Conference

by Kelle October 5, 2010

Great tweeting going on from the planetary science conference in Pasadena. Check out #DPS2010.

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10-Step Guide to Designing a Presentation

by Kelle September 29, 2010

Design a Presentation | Extreme Presentation Method Detailed 10-step guide for preparing effective and persuasive presentations. You should not draw any slides until step eight, 80% of the way through the process. (via Juice Analytics).

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Talks: Fewer words, more understanding

by Jane April 12, 2010

When a speaker switches to a new, wordy slide, what happens?  The audience reads the words. They can’t help it.  This is what my wife calls the “Cereal Box effect”: if a cereal box is on the kitchen table, you’ll read the words printed on it.  In all of human history, nothing interesting has ever been printed on a […]

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Remote Presentations

by Guest February 17, 2010

Here’s another guest post! This one is contributed by Mark Marley, a scientist at NASA Ames Research Center working on modeling the atmospheres of planets and brown dwarfs. You’ve been invited to give a talk at a workshop that will lead to a new spacecraft instrument proposal in Europe, but your spouse is leaving town […]

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Twitter at AAS next week #aas215

by Kelle December 30, 2009

In advance of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC next week, we need to talk about Twitter. Twitter is a great platform for sharing and navigating the craziness that will be this huge meeting. As far as I can tell, many astro outreach folks are on twitter, but not many scientists (except those […]

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Presentations are a privilege

by Jane June 3, 2009

Blogger Seth Godin reminds us that presentations are a precious opportunity to change minds. To translate his advice to a scientific context, I’d make the following two substitutions: “emotional pictures”  —> “screen-filling, well-explained, compelling plots” “to change minds”   —> “to educate”. Godin partially echoes Edward Tufte’s argument that slideware is a terrible way to share […]

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Respond Better: Dealing with Criticism

by Kelle May 11, 2009

Zen Habits is a great blog for folks who want to be both insanely productive and ridiculously happy. He has a nice article on how to accept criticism with grace and appreciation that applies really well to fielding questions during presentations and responding to referee reports.

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