GeekFeast: Five Great Articles about Presenting

This edition of GeekFeast is another eclectic mix of articles including tips on how not to be a boring academic, what we can learn from JFK and how to respond during a Q&A session.

Learning from JFK

On January 20, 1961 John F Kennedy gave his inaugural address. This speech included the immortal line: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”

Brad Phillips looks at the speech and shows how we can use it as a way to learn to be a more effective scriptwriter and public speaker.

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sensitive noise / obvious 2How do you respond to questions during a Q&A session?

Tim Gordon has a bit of a bee in his bonnet about one particular standard response (“I’m glad you asked my that question”).

He discusses why it shouldn’t be used and what you should say instead.

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There’s a Slide for That!

Venture Capitalist John Backus has seen a lot of seen a lot of presentations given by entrepreneurs and he’s noticed that some types of slides keep cropping up and not always in a good way…

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10 tips for academic talks

Matthew Might has seen plenty of bad academic talks and he has taken the time and trouble to become a better speaker.

He gives tips and suggestions for academics (and non-academics) on how to present their ideas more effectively

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The 5 secrets of great presentations

And finally, a very good Slideshare presentation by Arthur Sevenstern outlining the 5 secrets of great presentations: