Hat tip to Christin for introducing/organizing several of these for MICS. Here are some guidelines

prepare/pick sildes

  • content should fit within 10 minutes (for beginners, this means 10 slides)
  • file format is pdf (yes, powerpoint has great animations, but we aim for a great talk)
  • any topic except for computer science or mathematics (yes, these exist)
  • slides should be informative (preferably high information density, but not full of formulas)
  • OPTIONAL title should give the speaker a hint – or not

distribute slides

  • put them in our dropbox/syncthing-folder (if you have no access, then write a nice email to the postdoc geographically closest to you)
  • rename your file as [number].pdf, where [number] is the number of files in the folder (including yours)
  • don’t look at the other files in the folder

get slides at random and present

  • for 10 min (strict limit)
  • be convincing, confident and credible
  • be serious, yet enthusiastic
  • interact with audience
  • have transitions between the slides
  • check language quality/fluency/expression/speed
  • check non-verbal expressions/body language
  • deliver the key points
  • stand your ground in the Q&A

receive feedback

  • the audience will provide feedback w.r.t. the points above after every presentation. Appreciate it.

Feedback rules:

  • use the feedback sandwich: start with something positive, then something negative, end with something positive
  • goal is to eleminate blind spots
  • An inherant property of feedback is that it can be given, but it need not be accepted. For the giver: Say what you think would be helpful for the other person, what is changeable. For the receiver: Take what you need and leave the rest. Be thankful for the effort the giver made.
  • Use “I”-phrases to indicate your subjective perception of the speaker. E.g. “For me the speed of the presentation was too fast.” NOT “You talk to fast.”