How to Give a Good Presentation.

How to Give a Good Presentation?
Yi Ma
Visual Computing, MSRA
(with inputs from Lidong, Moshe, and Shipeng)
• Why do we want to give presentations?
• What is a presentation all about?
• How to improve presentation?
Why do we want to give presentations?
Obligation for publication
Real reasons:
Opportunity to advertise your work
Obligation for job report
Opportunity to demonstrate yourself
Obligation for work review
Opportunity to improve self-understanding
Obligation for communication
Opportunity to influence others
Every presentation creates an opportunity for self-advancement!
What a presentation is about?
What the problem is.
The truth is:
Why is the problem worth researching?
What the approach is.
Why is your approach the best possible?
What the solution is.
Why is the solution generalizable or limited?
Public want to know what; intellectuals need to know why.
How to improve your presentation content:
The same talk for all audiences
A different talk for each audience
Assume audience know
Put yourself in the shoes of the audience
Diminish work by others
Stand on the shoulder of giants
Describe all details flatly
Select one or two essential messages
Your talk is as good as the most valuable message got crossed.
How to improve your presentation form:
Two many words on each slide
One punch line per slide
Slides are summary of the paper
Enhance with additional visual aids
Read slides as notes
Slides entirely for the audience
Speak from memorized notes
Tell your story from the slides
Practice with scripts, perform without!
How to improve presentation skills?
Not well prepared
Never too much time and practice
Blaming English
Design in your native language
Lack interest in the content
Better preparation (or better research)
Nervous gestures or voices
Pay attention to yourself
Bad answers and arguments
You have the podium!
How to start to improve?
• Know how good or bad your presentations are.
(take and watch videos of your own presentation!)
• Ask your colleagues to criticize.
(train and improve through practice talks.)
• Learn from both bad and good presentations.
(go to every talk you can attend!)
• Learning from doing.
(get every chance to design(自编), direct(自导), and perform(自演)!)
Dexterity comes from practice.
( 勤能补拙,熟能生巧!)
Exert your influence through great presentations!

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