Back in August I signed up for a workshop put on my Purdue’s graduate school on skills for academic presentations. After realizing the workshop was finally here I started to dread going, mostly because I needed to be studying. But boy am I glad I went! Usually at presentations I tend to look at the clock after a few minutes and think “oh no, only 20 minutes have gone by” – however, by the time I even thought to look at the clock during this presentation an hour and a half had already gone by! It was so informative and entertaining! I am glad I went and would recommend it to any student giving an academic presentation in the near future!
The presentation was given byJean-luc Doumont based on his book: Trees, maps and theorems: Effective communication for rational minds.
Some notes I took:
Jean-luc’s three laws
Law Zero: Have a message
First Law: Adapt to your audience – do what you need to optimize the situation
Second Law: Maximize the signal to noise ratio
- Noise on slides: having your slides have so many special effects (Ex: bouncing equations on the slide
- Audience attention span will leave your presentation and go to the noise if there are fear words (example fear words: you know, ya know, um, so, etc)
Third Law: Use Effective Redundancy
Also, Jean-luc Doumont’s 5 steps for presentations:
- Planning – gathering your thoughts
Who – audience
What – content
Why – time constraints
Where – space constraints
- Designing – defining a structure
- Creating slides – conveying messages
- Delivering – mastering all channels
- Answering questions – driving your point home
For more information on the author check his website! I highly recommend getting the book if you don’t get the opportunity to attend a workshop with Jean-luc Doumont. I really learned a lot from the workshop and think I now have the tools to make a great presentation!