talks

How to give a killer talk

by Chris Crockett January 3, 2014

Giving a talk at AAS next week? Want to blow away the audience with your eloquent oratory? This post is for you! Just ahead of the big meeting, everyone should check out an article in the Harvard Business Review by Chris Anderson, curator for TED: How to Give a Killer Presentation (Registration is free to read […]

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Better diagrams for your presentations

by Chris Crockett July 17, 2013

Sick of dull, uninformative diagrams on your slides? We’ve added a link to our Presentations Wiki on how to make your diagrams more understandable, efficient, and pleasant. If you remember nothing else, keep this in mind: simplify! Already taken a stab at simplifying? Do it again! And don’t forget, if you have any presentation resources that […]

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Presentations on iPad v2 [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle April 24, 2013

We’ve covered this topic of iPad presentations before, but with an emphasis on Keynote for iPad pros and cons. While Keynote for the iPad now supports actions and is probably still the best app for creating presentations on the iPad, it’s not the best solution if you create presentations in PowerPoint or want to make […]

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Speaking with Confidence – or Why We Ramble [Link]

by Jessica Lu April 27, 2012

Good verbal communication is a valuable skill for a scientist. The article below discusses a common trait for many young scientists — rambling. Is That Your Final Answer? Or, Why Graduate Students Ramble – The Professor Is In Do you hear yourself in those examples? How have you improved your question answering style? What advice do […]

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What I Learned About Astro Outreach From Giving a TEDx Talk

by Jane January 23, 2012

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AAS 219 Twitter Review: Presentations

by Jessica Lu January 18, 2012

I attended AAS 219 in Austin and rather than take my own personal notes, I decided to tweet (@jlu_astro) during some of the sessions. My goal was to extract the most interesting and useful information so that anybody not in the room could get a small taste of what the session was like. Over the […]

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Giving Presentations from the iPad? [Ask Astrobetter]

by Kelle August 10, 2011

AstroBetter reader Eilat asks: One of the reasons I got the iPad was because I have heard great things about giving talks and presentations using the iPad. I understand that you can actually write on the screen during a presentation. This makes me hopeful about the end days of the laser pointer! If you or […]

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Roundup: Communicating Science

by Jane May 20, 2011

Three loosely-related links about science communication: Jeff Masters’ (Wunder Blog) synopsis of flood control along the Mississippi is fascinating, and perfectly illustrated by the diagram below, one of the best scientific illustrations I’ve yet seen.  It’s a typical “before-and-after” two-part figure, but each is so detailed, and so fundamentally different in world-view, that it conveys […]

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Keynote’s Export to PDF Saved My Talk

by Kelle May 18, 2011

I gave a colloquium at a Physics Department yesterday. I was ready and confident. My host saw my Mac and said, “um, er is there any way I can convince you to put your presentation on a stick and present from our computer?” I said, “Does the computer have Keynote?” No, of course it doesn’t. […]

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Talks: Don’t be a laptop yo-yo

by Jane February 15, 2011

When you give talks or lectures, do you move around the room and point at the screen when required?   Does that cause you, like a yo-yo at string’s end,  to sproing back to your laptop every 2 minutes to advance the slide? Or do you have the opposite problem:  Do you give your talk while […]

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