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December 07, 2011

P4: Watching other people give presentations

I find myself drinking a /lot/ more water. Irrelevant, but it also looks like I go through most of the day dehydrated. The maths water cooler is pretty nice :)

Even one-on-one I stop paying attention to people while I’m speaking. Paying attention while they’re speaking is simple; while I’m speaking is harder. And now it’s time for the holidays so chances for observation go way down :|

Mostly watched presentations by some students/lecturers. Massive variation.
*Most of the presentations were really good. One poorer thing at higher level voluntary talks is that they start at a reasonable level and quickly ascend to the stratosphere.
*Writing a decent amount so your audience can take notes is friendly, but prone to wasting a lot of time by writing too much/using inefficient notation. Providing notes/slides/whatever is my preference as a viewer as it lets me focus on the presentation, with whatever slight embellishment may be present.
*However, if there’s no embellishment, providing notes just draws attention to that.
*If you’re giving a proof write little and explain lots. Don’t write down every step.

Watching people who are sitting down is far harder than watching people who are standing up.


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