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Effective Presentations – Part 3 – Delivering Conference Presentations

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Last week I gave some advice for preparing a great conference presentation; this week I’m offering tips on how to deliver that conference presentation effectively. This is the third in a series – so if you’ve not seen any of the earlier ones, I suggest you go back now and read those two earlier posts.

Here are the 5 most common mistakes I see people making when presenting at a conference…

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Effective Presentations – Part 2 – Preparing Conference Presentations

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A big part of academic life is attending and presenting your research at conferences. Depending upon your specific discipline, presentations may be passé and poster sessions are the norm. I’m sorry to say, that’s not the case in my field. Why am I sorry about that? Because I, like many engineers and scientists, have an extremely low boredom threshold. The thought of being trapped in a room for 2 to 3 days, passively watching and listening to tediously bad presentations for hours and hours, is truly unbearable. And, let’s face it, most of them are bad… very bad… So, in the interest of self-preservation, here’s my advice for preparing an effective and engaging conference presentation…

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Creating Effective Presentations – Part 1 – Overview

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There are many types of technical presentations that you may be called upon to do.  Perhaps you have to prepare one for a graduate course term project, to impress a client or a prospective employer, to teach something to a group of people, or to present your paper at a conference.  There are important design and content features specific to each of these types of presentation.  However, there are a few basic tips that apply to all presentations and these are what I’ll be discussing in this post.   Read the rest of this entry »