How to prepare your first technical/research presentation

Preparing effective presentations in limited time 

If it is your first time or you have very little time to get the job done, it might feel like a daunting task.

Parallel to this, I also cover the different steps in writing a paper(Part 1) to prepare for paper submission in a conference or workshop(Part 2).  

Quick presentation preparation steps to follow

I have found following the below steps towards preparing an effective presentation. I have also made some of my technical presentations available for direct reference in another article

Step 1

Follow the template of the paper at hand and transform it in a presentation format as fast as possible. Here you deal with each section independently and summarise it point-wise, highlighting the major, broad points. This takes care of 80% of the content of your final presentation, without much mental work.

Research presentation template : Motivation – Related Works – Proposed Method – Dataset – Results – Conclusion – Future Work – References

Step 2 

One advice that I repetitively got was to arrange the presentation in a storyline format. You should go through this article to get a rough idea of what I mean. There is no fixed step-by-step technique that I can lay down, but some points to keep in mind.

  1. Within the first 2 minutes of the presentation, the audience should clearly understand the motivation and key, novel contributions of the paper
  2. After describing the problem setting, I suggest to explain it using an example. This can be a way to support the motivation of the paper.
  3. If the methodology is quite long or complex, it is a good idea to use a flowchart, to give an idea of how the different individual sections fit into the overall system. This helps the audience to better understand the utility and methodology used in each section.

Other important references

You can also check out the following relevant resources :

  1. How to give a dynamic scientific presentation by Elsevier
  2.  Tips for a research presentation by ECE@UMD
  3. Ways to give an effective seminar about your research project by Nature Careers Community

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