Seminar at a group where nobody knows your work:
- Most important point: the talk is not for you, it's for the audience. The talk has to be designed such that the audience enjoys it, not you
- Who is the audience? What do they know? How much introduction is required such that it becomes understandable what I'm saying?
- Once I know who the audience is going to be: draft the talk in four slides. Condense the material
- Readable graphs (large units/labels, thickness of lines), i.e. if graphs are not prepared nicely, it shows that the preparation of the talk was not a priority
- Better the audience understands a little a bit, instead of it totally does not understand anything
- Simple Rule of thumb 1: Not more than two messages per slide
- Simple Rule of thumb 2:
Not more than six bullet points, not more than 6 white-spaced expressions per bullet pointNo bullet points, substitute bullet points by figures Dont read the bullet points, memorize them. Go through them while facing the people, not the slidesAddress each figure and make it clear why it is there
- The slides dont substitute the talking. The talking is the main message carrier, the slides should allow to assist when explaining. Thats why text is not required, instead figures
- Dont base the talking on the slides, base the slides on the talking.
- Timing (excluding questions): 5% personal introduction: "who is this guy?", 10% content introduction, 70% content, 10% summary/conclusions, 5% aknowledgements
- Start practicing the talk at least
3 daysa week ahead.
- Avoid text
- In the start of the talk, it's fine to show something unrelated so people remember you