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Presenting Your Research: Examples

Are you getting ready to give your first presentation on your research? This guide will help you refine your presentation style.

Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

How can you take your big ideas and break them down into a simple delivery? Oftentimes in giving a presentation, we are only given a limited amount of time to present big ideas. How can you maximize that time? A great example of a talk similar to the style of PechaKucha.

Seth Godin: All Marketers Are Liars

Seth Godin is a guru in the marketing world. As presenters, we can learn from the way he tells a story but we can also learn from his presentation style. As you watch these presentations, ask yourself - what is my presentation style? You know the content, but how do you deliver in order to have the most impact?

Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

PowerPoint is a crutch. To give an excellent presentation, you need to know what you want to convey in way that does not depend on PPT slides or index cards. You must know it by heart and your visual presentation should elevate and create maximum impact in alignment with your words. Here is a memorable presentation style PLUS a great idea = Total success.

Awful Awful PowerPoint

There are the good presentations, then there are the bad presentations, and then there are the ugly presentations. You can avoid these pitfalls by critically examining what it is your are trying to say. And most importantly, consider your audience. After you watch this brief presentation - What else needs to be said? And if you're interested, here's another classic speech re-imagined as a PowerPoint.

Stan Sigman: iPhone Announcement

Hmmmm....what is this guy doing wrong? Who is the audience? Is the style captivating? Where does the passion come through? Or does it?

Nuttin' but Stringz

What is the difference between a good presenter and a good performer? Why (or why not) are you captivated by this performance? Are there elements of a good performance that you can bring to your presentation? How do you take excellent content and deliver it in a way that connects with your audience?