HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Peter N. Saeta

Harvey Mudd College

How to Prepare and Deliver Talks

Sept. 12, 2017

Like a well-written paper, an effective talk should begin with a shared context, state the problem to be addressed and the main points to be made, and use visuals for clarity and redundancy. Unlike a paper a talk proceeds synchronously and demands that the speaker provide more explicit reminders of the underlying structure of the presentation to keep the audience following along. I will discuss strategies to help you organize your talk, prepare your slides, grab and hold your audience members' attention, and maximize the chance that they will take away the primary message of your presentation.