Tips for the Presentation - Lecture 2 - Advanced Topics in Information Systems (4016792ENR)

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February 18, 2020

Tips for the Presentation - Lecture 2 - Advanced Topics in Information Systems (4016792ENR)

This lecture is part of an Advanced Topics in Information Systems seminar given at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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February 18, 2020
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  1. 2 December 2005 Advanced Topics in Information Systems Tips for

    the Presentation Prof. Beat Signer Department of Computer Science Vrije Universiteit Brussel beatsigner.com
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    February 18, 2020 Engage With Your Audience  Talk to the audience and not to your laptop screen  do not read your talk from paper  Always know what is on the next slide  enables more vivid transitions between slides  A quick demo, movie or application screenshot can often help to clarify an approach  contact authors for additional material
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    February 18, 2020 Use Available Resources and Tools  Resources and tools that might be used in addition to slideware  overhead projector  blackboard  paper handouts  laser pointer/highlighter  ...
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    February 18, 2020 Presentation of Your Topic  Put the presented research paper in the right context (topic)  Do not just summarise the paper  selection and focuss on important parts might be necessary due to time constraints  Investigate additional resources  possibly use additional information (not from the paper) in the introduction  check the content that is referenced in the paper
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    February 18, 2020 Presentation Content  Use distinctive titles  e.g. project name in title rather than five slides with the title 'Related Work'  Do no overload your slides with long sentences  audience cannot read overloaded slides and at the same time listen to you  Use graphical features carefully  a fancy slide background might reduce the readability  too many colours and different fonts can be distractive  no "misuse" of animations or sounds  Slides should support your talk rather than being a script that you read from the screen
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    February 18, 2020 Presentation Content ...  Make sure that you do not have too much content  rehearsal  be ready to dynamically shorten your talk (e.g. optional slides)  If you copy content from the paper (e.g. figures) make sure that they are readable – otherwise redo them  Avoid "empty" slides like the classical "Questions?" slide at the end of a presentation!  the last slide is likely to be shown during the entire Q&A session and should be used for your give away message (conclusions)  Prepare some backup slides which might support you during the Q&A session or can be added if you finish too early
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    February 18, 2020 Delivering the Presentation  Presentation style  the audience will be more attentive if they see that you are motivated to give the presentation  be enthousiastic!  think about your body language - eye contact with the audience  Preparation  a good preparation gives you more confidence and freedom during your presentation  practice, practice, practice, ...  check the equipment the week before you give your presentation - does your laptop connect with the projector (resolution)
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    February 18, 2020 How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint
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    February 18, 2020 Some Tips for the Audience  Of course the first and most important thing is that you listen to the interesting talks and learn some new things  Other things you might observe during the presentation  is the structure of the talk clear?  what about the presenter's presentation style  even if you should not comment about these things, you might always ask yourself how you might have done things differently or learn new things from good presentations  Ask questions and give comments after the presentation
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    February 18, 2020 Homework  Watch the presentation "Creating Effective Slides: Design, Construction and Use in Science" by Jean-luc Doumont for some more tips  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meBXuTIPJQk Jean-luc Doumont
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    February 18, 2020 References  G. Reynolds, Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, New Riders, 3rd Edition, December 2019  E.R. Tufte, The Cognitive Style of Power Point, ISBN 978-0961392154, 2003  J.-l. Doumont, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Slides are Not All Evil, Technical Communication 52(1), February 2005  http://web.mit.edu/5.95/readings/doumont-responds-to-tufte.pdf  D. JP Phillips, How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpi1Lm6dFo
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    February 18, 2020 References ...  J.-l Doumont, Creating Effective Slides: Design, Construction and Use in Science  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meBXuTIPJQk