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Presenting Your Work

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In this chapter, we discuss technical presentations. The first topic talks about planning towards a presentation, and the different steps you need to think about when planning. Then, we discuss briefly the different formats that can be used to make a presentation. The second topic deals with the logical order of a presentation. Two styles are discussed. The first style contains the following major building blocks: motivation, research question, experiments, results of experiments, conclusions. The second style contains the following major building blocks: proposition, proof, conclusion. Both styles are suitable for technical presentations. A third topic looks at the different types of presentations. Depending on the audience the student presents to, different ways of presenting may be suitable. As in the chapter about academic writing, a special section is devoted to the difficulties non-native English speakers face when presenting in English. Following these tips for non-native speakers is a series of tips valid for all presenters on how to gain confidence in presenting, and how to give clear presentations. Finally, we discuss what to do with the material of a presentation after the actual presentation.


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    I recently learned that not everybody appreciates coffee and/or lunch – for some people, anything food-related causes anxiety.

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    Credit for this tip goes to my former classical singing teacher.

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    On January 5th 2018.

Further Reading and References

  1. Lantsoght, E. (2010). Tomorrow’s presentation. PhD Talk.

  2. Lantsoght, E. (2011). The basic elements of a presentation with slides. PhD Talk.

  3. Lantsoght, E. (2011). Ideas – and Feynman (TEDxDelft). PhD Talk.

  4. Lantsoght, E. (2012). Another presentation style. PhD Talk.

  5. Lantsoght, E. (2012). Giving a poster presentation for the first time. PhD Talk.

  6. Lantsoght, E. (2011). Preparing a presentation without slides. PhD Talk.

  7. Lantsoght, E. (2011). Preparing a presentation without slides – The aftermath. PhD Talk.

  8. Rugg, G., & Petre, M. (2010). The unwritten rules of PhD research. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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  9. Lantsoght, E. (2010). Evaluation of my presentation. PhD Talk.

  10. Lantsoght, E. (2012). Powerposing to boost your conference presence. PhD Talk.

  11. Cuddy, A. (2012). Your body language shapes who you are.

  12. Lantsoght, E. (2013). Beat stress by breathing with your diaphragm. PhD Talk.

  13. Lantsoght, E. (2012). Slideshare. PhD Talk.

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Lantsoght, E.O.L. (2018). Presenting Your Work. In: The A-Z of the PhD Trajectory. Springer Texts in Education. Springer, Cham.

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