Thing 2: publishing a presentation or document on SlideShare
Over the course of your PhD you’ll almost certainly give presentations at academic events. These experiences can be immensely valuable, as you present your work in a public forum and get feedback from others. In many disciplines there are events specifically focused on postgraduate researchers, intended to offer a supportive and friendly environment in which to gain experience of presenting your work to an audience. As well as being invaluable confidence-boosters which sharpen your professional skills, these events are also great for networking: connecting with others who share your interests and work in similar areas.
However only limited numbers attend and, given many such events run parallel sessions, not everyone who wants to see your presentation may be able to be there. That’s why tools like SlideShare are so useful. It becomes possible to make your work available to people who couldn’t attend in person. Likewise they can be used to follow up with attendees who expressed an interest in your presentation because it’s easy to share it online via social media or e-mail.
To complete thing 2 download and follow the step-by-step instructions for creating a Slideshare account, then write about the process on your blog.