Some tips and suggestions on creating a good talk for CS 8751:
- Check out Mark Hill's
Presentation Advice for tips on giving talks and especially pay
attention to things to avoid from "How to Give a Bad Talk."
- Look over the feedback form that
I and your fellow students will be filling out to see what you will
be graded on.
- Do NOT simply structure your talk in the order of the paper. A talk
is often much different from a paper. Your talk should have the
following approximate format:
- Quick intro - title slide, 1-2 overhead description of the overall
idea, plus perhaps a slide showing an outline of the talk.
- Background - present any background material needed to understand
- Major ideas - break the talk into sections, each covering a
major idea/contribution of the work. Try to make each idea
self contained, but also make the ideas proceed on a logical
progression (simple to complex).
- Results - Cover any experimental or theorem results proving the claims of
- Related work - discuss (briefly, 1-2 overheads) other related
algorithms and how the work being discussed differs.
- Future work - discuss what the author(s) mention as future new
directions to pursue.
- Wrap-up - try to summarize the talk on 1-2 overheads.
- If you are using an outline slide with bullets you may want to have
the slide reappear just before you proceed on to the next bulleted
idea (you can highlight the thing coming next in a different color).
- Pictures and graphs make a talk much easier to understand in almost
all cases. Start out preparing your talk by assembling your pictures.
- Make each overhead about one idea or concept. Pick a meaningful title.
- Avoid being wordy - keep the number of words down as much as possible,
you want the audience listening to you, not reading.
- Don't be afraid to draw on the board to illustrate something that
someone has a question about or doesn't seem clear.
- The talk is 40 minutes long, you should have plenty of time to cover
a reasonable amount of material.
- Above all, do some significant preparation.
For those commenting on a talk, (the +3 and +8 people), you should
prepare a 2-4 overhead commentary on a critical idea you think should be
covered in more depth. You should plan on meeting with the speaker and
finding out what they plan to cover.
Audience members should remember to read the paper before attending the
talk and try to ask helpful questions.