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Tips for Presenting at Rock Chalk Talks

If you are considering presenting your research at an upcoming Rock Chalk Talks event, we have some helpful tips and videos for you to start preparing with! 

In approximately 6-8 minutes, you should be able to tell us:

  1. What?
    ​​Introduction: what is your research about?
  2. How?
    Methods: how did you go about doing your research?
  3. Why?
    Conclusion: why is it important?

Since 6 minutes is not long, you should consider how you can summarize your work in a way that everyone will understand. Remember that jargon is a different language. Refrain from using it. If there is a special theme that requires you to talk about your experiences with that particular topic, you might touch on your project but may not give a full description of your methods or conclusion.

When you finish creating a presentation, PRACTICE!

  • Practice in front of people who don't know what your research is about and see if they understand.
  • Practice timing yourself.
  • Use your PowerPoint only as a visual cue, don't put more than 10 words on a slide. Pictures are worth a thousand words, use pictures and your own speech as the focus.

Don't forget to fill out the application for Rock Chalk Talks to give your presentation! Below are a few links to YouTube videos that might be helpful as you prepare. But don't get too nervous about presenting at Rock Chalk Talks, it is going to be laid back and fun. Bring friends for support, and have a good time!

Good luck!

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