How to give technical presentations

Here is some specific advice on how to prepare and deliver oral presentations of technical material such as research results.

Why you should take my advice

Some of my presentations are mediocre. You might have seen one of those, and wonder, "Why should I take presentation advice from this guy? I can present better than him." What you might not know is that at conferences, i.e. when I make an effort to prepare, I invariably get compliments on my presentation skills. Even when the content of my presentation is nothing to write home about. Now you might be thinking, "That's not saying much; most conference presentations suck." And you would be right. However, this still means that I'm better at presenting than most academics, which means that if you adopt my techniques, then your presentations will also shine in comparison.


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Dan Melamed (melamed at
Last modified: Thu Oct 23 15:09:20 EDT 2003