12 tips to give a solid scholarly talk within a short time frame

12 tips to give a solid scholarly talk within a short time frame by Raul Pacheco-Vega (raulpacheco.org)

One of the things I’ve noticed at conferences, workshops and seminars is that we tend to overestimate our abilities to give a talk within a short time frame. I see this at MPSA, ISA, AAG, and all other scholarly conferences I attend. We KNOW in advance that we have only 10 minutes, 12 minutes at t…

1) state what you learned/found UPFRONT
2) don’t spend 7 minutes in context – don’t spend 4 minutes in literature review
3) NEVER go over your allotted time
4) clearly state PUZZLE
5) provide BRIEF context (<2 minutes)
6) describe methods, sampling BUT don’t dwell on this unless methods paper
7) INTERPRET table/results
8) when moderator says 2 minutes, go IMMEDIATELY to Results slide and explain Implications as you conclude and show Conclusions slide.
9) when moderator says STOP, you should STOP.
10) don’t talk down to your audience – we are specialist, just not in this specific area

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