Blog entry by: Amitabha Bagchi.
A momentous day in the semester’s calendar comes to an end: midterm presentation day. Inevitably in the course of the day’s presentations the thought comes that these presentations aren’t only to evaluate the progress of the projects but also to help our students learn how to present a technical talk to an audience. But the end of a long day of presentations isn’t a good time to write out my own ideas on how to give a good talk. There is just about enough energy to provide some links to resources on the Web that will repay a half hour of attentive reading with a lifetime of improved communication skills.
- Bob Spillman and Ian Parberry’s How to present a paper: A speaker’s guide. This is clearly based on Parberry’s classic How to present a paper in Theoretical Computer Science: A speaker’s guide for students which is worth reading for anyone who works in a technical area.
- Mark Hill’s Oral presentation advice, with a must read section by David Patterson on how to a give a bad talk.
- Some tips for preparing a research presentation from Tia Newhall.
- Henning Schulzrinne’s Hints for giving technical talks which is a useful collection of one-liner dos and dont’s and has a set of links to other resources at the bottom.
- And finally Michael Ernst’s Giving a technical presentation (giving a scientific talk) which is linked from a very useful page called Advice for researchers and students.