How to Nail Academic Presentations
As a major presentation is coming, here are some BIG tips in giving presentations that I’ve learned. (the famous BIG 5)
In the first 5 minutes, tell the audience these:
- What are you doing? In 25 words, plain English, tell them the question you are trying to find an answer for.
- Why is it important? Why should someone care about your research? To understand economic concept, to know what should be intervened
- How is the existing literature deficient? Focus on what’s NOT there, tell them the gap you are trying to fill.
- What are you doing that’s better? One or two short sentence. Bold. Plain English. Make everyone knows exactly what your niche is.
- What did you find? the TAKEAWAY. Tell them the results and an intuitive explanation. Make them remember your research and its results.
While presenting the BIG 5:
- Don’t use jargon
- Avoid extraneous details
- Repeat if needed. Better to be redundant than misunderstood.
After Big 5, “serve” the presentation:
- The Intuitive Appetizer: begins with an interlude called “How I got the idea for this paper. There were no equations, charts, tables, or props of any sort. Just an informal chat filled with easy-to-understand intuition. HOW You got the idea is equally important.
- The Main Dish: Balance between technicality and intuition.
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