For your presentation
extracted from "Tips for Authors/Speakers",
written by Yutaka Yamamoto,
MTNS 2006 Conference, Kyoto, Japan
Nightmare - Yours or of the audience?
- How often have you come out from a session room, wondering if you had really learnt something?
- Or, in a worse case, you are bored in the middle of a talk, and start doing something else.?
- Maybe I am too straightforward, but I guess we all have had such experiences. Possibly many times.
- Naturally, we attend a session or a talk expecting something to learn, and we all want to avoid such phenomena.
- How can we avoid this? Let us confirm the following:
- The speaker is responsible for providing a comprehensive talk to the audience. I believe that this principle is understood by majority.
- Nonetheless, we often encounter rather intractable talks. Why?
- We all have the tendency that we want to advocate that what we have accomplished is great.
- Nothing wrong with this, but it often leads to the desire that we want to show very technical details - perhaps concerned more about the views of specialists.
- Now let's think: how many percentages of the audience can you count as VERY specialists as to be able to understand the top technicalities you have discovered? Perhaps very few.
- The rest of the audience are attending your session, expecting to learn things like - what is the issue, what is the whole thing all about, and how would people normally approach the problem, etc.
- Let's think about this: How much is the chance that even a specialist can follow the detail of your proof in a conference?
- It is very often observed that we get lost on slide No. 2 or 3. This is such a waste of time and energy. If a speaker buys a resentment as a result of this, it is literally a nightmare.
- The only way to avoid this is to make your talk tutorial and comprehensive.
- Please take a look at the guideline showing some examples, as well.