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        Some Tips For Preparing Your Paper Presentation

        1. Provide a talk road-map Tell audience where you are going with your talk.
          • Give audience a road-map of your talk at the beginning by using outline slides
            Immediately after the title slide, put up an outline slide and tell the audience the main organization of your talk. Another alternative is to first have a few slides motivating the paper's general topic, then put up an outline slide giving the audience a road-map of your talk.
          • It should be clear when you start a new high-level part of your talk
            Use good transitions from one slide to the next, and from one main topic to the next..."We just talked about the implementation of foo now we will look at how well foo performs for synthetic and real workloads.
            You may want to use the outline slide at other points in your talk to provide a visual transition between parts.
        2. Repeat Your Point There is a rule that says you have to tell your audience something three times before the really hear it:
          1. Tell them what you are going to say.
          2. Say it.
          3. Summarize what you said.


          1. Explain concepts in your own words It is certainly okay to lift key phrases from the paper to use in your talk. However, you should also try to summarize the main ideas of the paper in your own words.
          2. Talk to the Audience Don't read your slide off the screen, nor directly off the projector. It is okay to stop for a second and refer to your notes if you need to.
          3. Practice Give a practice run-through of your talk. Stand in a room for 1 hour and talk through all your slides (out loud). This should be a timed dress rehearsal (don't stop and fix slides as you go). Members of your reading group should provide a practice audience for you.
          4. Nervousness: How to fight back
            • A well organized, practiced talk will almost always go well. If you draw a blank, then looking at your slides will help you get back on track.
            • Taking a deep breath will clam you down. One trick is to try to remember to take a deep breath between each slide.
            • Slow down. Take a few seconds to think about a question that is being asked before you answer it. It is okay to pause for a few seconds between points and between slides; a second or two of silence between points is noticeable only to you, but if you are talking a mile a minute everyone will notice.
            • Bring notes. if you are afraid that you will forget a point or will forget your elegant transition between slides 11 and 12, write these down on a piece of paper and bring it with you. However, you don't want to have a verbatim copy of your talk, instead write down key phrases that you want to remember to say.
            • Give at least one practice talk to an audience.
            • Be prepared to answer questions. You don't have to know the answer to every question, however you should be prepared to answer questions and able to answer most questions about the paper. Before you give the talk, think about what questions you are likely to get, and how you would answer them. You may want to have back-up slides ready for answering certain questions.
            • It is okay to say "I don't know" or better yet "gee, I hadn't thought about that, but one possible approach would be to..." or to refer to your notes to answer questions.


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