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Academic Presentation Skills and Tools

Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Erin May
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What's in this guide?

  • Tips for structuring your presentation
  • Active learning ideas
  • Visual aid ideas
  • Public speaking tips
  • Resources about different presentation tools
  • Library resources for you to consult

Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is the process by which academics, scholars and researchers share and publish their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community and beyond.  It is a series of processes and multifaceted mechanisms to move research from understanding to engagement.

Whether delivering a presentation at an academic conference, delivering a workshop or giving a lecture, preparation is critical to a successful presentation.

Think for a moment about TedTalks.  TedTalks feature complex research and ideas and make it accessible to non-experts. They really do excel on this front. 

Some talks are wonderful and inspiring… and others are meh.  What differentiates wonderful talks from meh talks? Overall, presenters pose interesting questions or personalize the research and tell stories.  THEY DRAW YOU IN.  The speakers are excited about their topic, they are animated, they invite us into a conversation.