So you’re giving a scientific talk…

Some general tips to keep your audience happy:

  • One minute per slide
  • One graph per slide. If you put up a graph, take the time to explain the axes.
  • No more than 17 words per slide
  • Conceptual diagrams are great; hand drawn conceptual diagrams are fantastic
  • Keep fonts simple, consistent, and large
  • Acknowledge co-authors and funders up front
  • Leave up a slide of your conclusions when you are finished
  • Practice the talk for your roommate, partner, dog.



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