Guideline Fifteen | Enhance presentation

15 | Enhance the presentation skills of your mentees

" She also expects students to give practice talks in the group before presenting at conferences and has developed a good technique for improving seminar performances through questions and feedback."

"Although few students have a natural gift for giving a scientific talk, all can learn if given sufficient practice and advice.  I always suggest that the student provide me with a run-through a week or two before a presentation, to allow sufficient time for revisions." 

From the beginning, possibly due to my interest in good teaching I insisted that much effort went into training for oral presentations. Good readable slides, logical presentation and clear speaking. Our honours course had sessions on how to present. This was often embarrassing in that the standard of honours seminars and graduate student presentation was way better than the presentations of senior staff members the students experienced at conferences. 

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