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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  1. Beverley Veasey-Walshe

    Hello Christopher,

    Your observations will help you deliver better presentations – ‘borrow’ all the elements that work, remembering to relate it to context – audience, topic, even time of day can have an impact on the presentation style and content.

    You have MASSES of opportunity to watch people over the vacation! Social occasions, shopping whatever you do over the break there’ll be people to watch.
    I look forward to your next blog – quirky, entertaining and informative!

    08 Dec 2011, 14:50

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