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Great resources for the scientist who presents. It supplements the blog and book "When the scientist presents".
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Things NOT to keep in mind when you present – When The Scientist Presents

Things NOT to keep in mind when you present – When The Scientist Presents | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
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We always focus on what to keep in mind, but there are things we should get out of our mind when giving a talk!

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The 5 Secrets of a Successful TED Talk

scienceofpeople.com/TED What makes a successful TED talk? Find out which patterns we found in the most popular ted talks.

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Finally, a talk based on research. As a scientist I love it!

The findings are mostly expected, but for once, it is based on more than pure intuition. 

More explanation on her website (http://www.scienceofpeople.com/TED/)

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The Science of Communications

"Sometimes when you give a speech, you think people listen to the whole thing... they don't."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAud7ZyatI

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Outstanding 23 minute presentation (14:00 to 37:00) on the communication of Science to audiences . Scientist or not, you will benefit from it. Professor Lupia is a master in the science of communication, as evidenced in his use of metaphors and speech pace.

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Involve the audience from the word “GO”. – When The Scientist Presents

Involve the audience from the word “GO”. – When The Scientist Presents | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it

Commentaries on the TED talk of Joe Landolina - the gel that make you stop bleeding instantly.

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TED talks provide an unending supply of resources for the consultant in presentation skills. This TED TALK tackles a scientific topic, but the presenter has made a special effort to make it accessible to a very large audience.

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Throat Clearing and Starting Blocks – When The Scientist Presents

Throat Clearing and Starting Blocks – When The Scientist Presents | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it

Watch her jump to action - eyes on the finish line already. Why can't all presentations start that way!

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I write this,facing the ocean in beautiful Bali... with a horrible cold! Plenty of throat clearing for me, albeit not of the sort described in this blog entry. This is all about presentation starts.

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Untimely Automatic Line Break in PowerPoint – When The Scientist Presents

breaking bad!

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I am back on track, adding new entries to my blog on scientific presentations - although non-scientists would also benefit from these.

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6 scientific tips to improve your writing - Futurity

6 scientific tips to improve your writing - Futurity | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
3. DISAPPOINT WITHOUT DESTROYING GOOD WILL

You can benefit from the strength of priming and recency effects when you have to tell a client you’re unable to meet a deadline or inform an employee she’s not getting the position she applied for. How? Priming and recency effects create a “dead zone” in the middles of lists, sentences, paragraphs, and entire documents.
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Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of Neuroscience to explain the way writing works - how grammar and sentence structure influence reader perceptions.  The advice to "harness cause and effect" is valuable. The introduction and the headings in your manuscript as well as the first paragraph under each heading are good ways to benefit from "priming".  But the article also offers questionnable tips. Burying the limitations of your research in the "dead zones" of paragraphs will definitely de-emphasize them, but it feels very much like hiding first by sweeping it under the carpet. It would be better to keep the dirt visible and show how you intend to vacuum it in your next paper! That is was scientific integrity is all about.

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Learning Technologies 2011 - Dr Chris Atherton - From cognitive psychology to learning design - YouTube

This session will outline some key findings from cognitive psychology, and then discuss ways in which we can translate that knowledge into practical advice f...
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Presenter science: Fun learning about how your brain works by an award-winning lecturer in psychology and a user experience consultant for organizations such as Skype and the BBC.

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Gestures: What Do I Do with My Hands? - YouTube

How do I use my hands? When? How often? When do I not use them? Business communications expert Kelly Decker, president of Decker Communications, explains how...
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Very well put. Her key point is Go Big (meaning use broad gestures that make your hand pull away from your magnetic sides), and then go home (return your arms to your sides. She gives an example on how to do that, and it is compelling!

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TNsfZ Exclusive! Big Bite taken out of Big Apple - YouTube

TNsfZ has unearthed "groundbreaking" research about ants in Manhattan - here's what we caught on camera! Every year they remove tons of refuse from New York ...
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Outstanding and humorous video from the National Science Foundation. Scientists... interested in acquiring new skills beside writing and oral presentations?

If you think you will have pay much money for music and others, roll the credits of this video. You will see that much of the borrowed material is under creative commons licence and even the audio is free. In 2013, YOUTUBE created a music library to help creators add an interesting music track to their videos. Check it out!

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SuperCompetent Speaking: 6 Credibility Killers to Avoid

SuperCompetent Speaking: 6 Credibility Killers to Avoid | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP If I had to boil my two decades of experience as a professional speaker down to two pieces of advice, I think it would be this: Establish your credibility immediately, and do everything possible to maintain it throughout your presentation."

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Nothing could destroy your credibility faster than pulling your tongue at the audience - unless your name was Einstein, and the audience were paparazzi. More seriously though, how do you establish your credibility at the beginning of a scientific talk when your reputation has not caught up with you yet. (Some people mistakenly think reputation is something you run after, when it is your followers that establish it.)

It stands to reason to use everything the audience sees and hears right at the start to establish your credibility immediately, as the blog post suggests. And this includes the title slide of your talk. Place on it all logos of the organizations that sponsor or support your work particularly if they are well-known for their excellence. Likewise, do not omit to add the name of your program director or senior co-author particularly if the audience is familiar with his or her work. Credibility through acknowledgments is not something you do on a slide at the end of your talk. By then, it is too late.

To maintain your credibility throughout the presentation, nothing beats clarity of speech and slides. Only experts can express complicated thoughts simply. Multiple rehearsals alone and in front of a mock audience will help reach that clarity.

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How to give a science flash talk

How to give a science flash talk | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
Djuke Veldhuis provides practical advice on engaging an audience with your research in just a few minutes.
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Elevator pitch, flash talk... in a nutshell, this page reveals it all, text and demos. Bookmark it and practice it! Your life will never be the same.

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The Only Speaking Tip You Will Ever Need

The Only Speaking Tip You Will Ever Need | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
There are so many public speaking tips out there, but what if you stopped following all the tips and started to doing this instead in your presentation.

Via Karen McKee
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Careful... this tip is not for beginners :)

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Nobel Lecture by Venkatraman Ramakrishnan - Media Player at Nobelprize.org

Nobel Lecture by Venkatraman Ramakrishnan - Media Player at Nobelprize.org | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
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As Venki is now president of the Royal Society, it is worth watching his Nobel lecture again. 32 minutes of story telling and acknowledgments. If you ever wondered how science works, watch, this video even if you don't understand everything. From the point of view of presenting skills, observe how our Nobel laureate closes his talk with a grand music finale - a video produced by his researchers  followed by parting words relating music to celebration.  What a telling tribute to a great man of Science.

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Lessons From 115 Conference Presentations

Lessons From 115 Conference Presentations | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
“There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.” Jean de la Bruyere Certain things in business never get easier. I count publ…
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Giving lessons as answers to questions is far better than saying you should or you must!  Other great points in this post: 1) Supportive or thought provoking quotes to pepper the lessons;;2) Sub-headings bring structure to the lessons. The list is ordered; and 3) Each lesson fits nicely in a short paragraph. And BTW, observe how convincing and authoritative a number is! 115 is large enough to imply concrete experience, which adds value to the advice. And how starting with a rarely seen quote gets the attention.

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Trap 4 - The Mouth Trap is Food for Thought.

Trap 4 - The Mouth Trap is Food for Thought. | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
It is the 10:15 am coffee break. Outside the conference room is a long table covered in thick cream-colored linen to enhance the traditional offerings: coffee, cream, Ceylon tea, brown and white...
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Food for thought: Food can adversely affect how well you present.

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Climate Change the Elevator Pitch: Simon Donner - YouTube

Oceanographer Simon Donner gives his best "elevator pitch" description of climate science. Recorded in San Francisco, December 2014.

Via Karen McKee
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Elevator pitch in science can be short. Simon Donner names Science as his best argument on climate change - and well under a minute! In short, climate change is not political, it's Physics and Chemistry!

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Do you have your elevator speech ready?

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Introduction to Public Speaking - Course Videos, Lectures, Quizzes | Coursera

Introduction to Public Speaking - Course Videos, Lectures, Quizzes | Coursera | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
Course videos, lectures, and quizzes from Introduction to Public Speaking from University of Washington. The lessons are: Welcome to Introduction to Public Speaking!, Designing Impromptu Speeches, Delivering Impromptu Speeches, Introduction to Informative Speaking!, Designing Informative Speeches, Delivering Informative Speeches, Persuasive Speaking Basics, Designing Persuasive Speeches, Delivering Persuasive Speeches, Course Conclusion.
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I took the course for fun last year, not expecting to learn much and doubting that public speaking can be taught online - well, I was wrong. I learned something and the course participants gave me good feedback. Yes I cheated a little bit. I used teleprompter software (Presentation Prompter 2 on the Mac) and I doubt others were as fortunate. Here is the product of the persuasive speech homework. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKW1JDy0vY4

 Enjoy!

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The presentation tips you don’t know

The presentation tips you don’t know | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
traditional advice may not be the best way forward.
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Advice # 1 was "Don't be yourself". Definitely not traditional!

But then, who else should you be?

Here is my answer: Be the augmented you.

It's still you, but you will have to speak louder, you can be a wizard, but there is one wizard you cannot be: the wizard of Oz. You can't hide anything, therefore you have to show the broader you -  broader smile, broader frame shoulders wide apart, bust forward - and also the neater you smart clothing, groomed hair, make-up for some. Now to the skill you don't yet know you have, and you need to develop: storytelling. I discovered I was a  'born' story teller at the age of 43. I knew I could write stories in high school, but I did not know I could tell stories - these are quite separate skills. My scoutmaster could not write stories, but he could hold us in rapture around a campfire for hours. The storytelling skill augments you and is important for your career: that's the more interesting you.


Think of it! Writing a grant is like writing science-fiction. It takes imagination and narration. Presenting interestingly in front of others also takes imagination and a narrative woven with facts and ppt murals (your visuals). And that story must always be guided by the three questions stated in the last tip: "First, why am I telling them this? Second, why should they care? Third, what difference will this make to their personal or professional lives?"


And remember that great quote of Ira Glass “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.”

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9 Actionable Presentation Tips That’ll Make You Stand Out | PPTPOP

9 Actionable Presentation Tips That’ll Make You Stand Out | PPTPOP | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
This infographic breaks down 9 simple tips you need to follow to make great presentations.
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Interesting infographic. Although some references are cited at the bottom of the blog entry, the figures in the infographic are not linked to them - making it difficult to check their sources and accuracy.

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Trap 2 - Cold, audiences do not answer questions

Trap 2 - Cold, audiences do not answer questions | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
Do you have someone work the audience before your appearance on stage, as is the case for famous singers preceded by less known groups getting the audience into shape? Some university dean, or Nobel...
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A frozen audience requires something to defrost. And questions given out cold are not great warm ups!

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When The Scientist Presents

When The Scientist Presents | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
With this, the first of 10+ blog entries on presentation traps, we are entering the quagmires and the quicksands where many presenters get trapped. These traps are avoidable because the ones who lay...
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Another avenue for Death by PowerPoint: hazardous comparisons

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The PowerPoint Glass Barrier separating audience and presenter | When The Scientist Presents

The PowerPoint Glass Barrier separating audience and presenter | When The Scientist Presents | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it

You are supposed to be close and personal, and upfront… but up front, facing the audience, things are not close and personal. It’s them versus you: them sitting and listening, and you standing and talking next to your faithful computer FIFO and its wireless leash. But the one on the leash is you.

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The presenter in a fish bowl with the audience looking in - a consequence of the slow evolutionary growth of PowerPoint.

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The Science of Memorable Presentations | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

The Science of Memorable Presentations | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
For a presentation to be memorable, you must skillfully structure the content, strategically design the slides, and use public speaking techniques effectively.
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This blog page refers to a 2011 peer-reviewed paper on PowerPoint. http://sicet.org/journals/ijttl/issue1101/2_Berk.pdf

Interesting: you rarely get scientific journals to evaluate PowerPoint.

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The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effectively - InformED

The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effectively - InformED | scientific presentation skills | Scoop.it
Do a little research and you'll discover that a big fat "if" has been placed out in front of the old adage "practice makes perfect." Practice makes perfe

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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These research results fly in the face of other "wise" advice for presenters: "Do not over rehearse... you won't be spontaneous any more". The way I see it,  what is gained by over rehearsing is the ability to spend more time focussing on the audience and less on the content. A win win for all.

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Author, Trainer of scientists in Manuscript Writing, Grant Writing, Poster and Oral Presentations, as well as Networking Skills. Previously in Apple's Advanced Technology Group and director of the APPLE-ISS research center. Also program host on TV.