We've all been to great scientific talks and to terrible ones. I've been analyzing and making notes on talks to identify good techniques.

Giving a Good Talk

Presentation on Tips for a Good Talk : This PowerPoint document has general advice as well as tips for preparing figures and slides. See the Notes sections of each slide for explanations.

Tips for Session Chairs

June 27, 2008

Links to Other Useful Advice

Heidi Newberg's, "The Woman Physicist's Guide to Speaking, original unedited, and possibly offensive version"

Creating Effective Poster Presentations by Hess, Tosney and Liegel

How to make presentations friendly to colorblind people by Okabe and Ito and my IDL program to implement their palette that is unambiguous to those with and without color blindness.

TedBlog: 10 tips on how to make slides tha communicate your idea [thanks to Elizabeth Frank for sending this link]

References in the BBR Library (Provided by Shaun Hardy)

Advice on Giving Talks

The craft of scientific presentations : critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid / Michael Alley. -- New York : Springer, c2003. Main Library -- -- [T 10.5 .A38 2003]

Scientific papers and presentations / Martha Davis ; illustrations by Gloria Fry ; cover and frontispiece by Sheri Wheeler Wiltse. -- Rev. ed. -- Burlington, Mass. : Academic Press, c2005. Main Library [T 11 .D32 2005]

Dazzle 'em with style : the art of oral scientific presentation / Robert R.H. Anholt. -- New York : W.H. Freeman and Co., c1994. Main Library [T 10.5 .A63 1994]

Advice on Preparing Figures / Graphics

Preparing scientific illustrations : a guide to better posters, presentations, and publications / Mary Helen Briscoe. -- 2nd ed. -- New York : Springer, c1996. Main Library [T 11.8 .B75 1996]

Envisioning information / Edward R. Tufte. -- 2nd printing, with revisions. -- Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, 1991, c1990. Main Library [P 93.5 .T84 1991]

The visual display of quantitative information / Edward R. Tufte. -- Cheshire, -- -- Conn.: Graphics Press, c1983. Main Library -- [QA 276.3 .T83]

Visual explanations : images and quantities, evidence and narrative / Edward R. Tufte. -- Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, c1997. Main Library [P 93.5 .T85 1997]

Information graphics : a comprehensive illustrated reference / Robert L. Harris. -- New York : Oxford University Press, 1999. Main Library [P 93.5 H29 1999]

Visual strategies : a practical guide to graphics for scientists & engineers / Felice C. Frankel & Angela H. DePace. -- New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2012. Main Library [P 93.5 .F73 2012]