This post is a follow-up of Noeska Smit’s post on what you learn in the Art of Presenting Science course, given at TU Delft. In this post I explain a bit about HOW you learn it, and why everybody should follow this course :). Let’s start from the course objectives:
- To organize presentation content as to make it intriguing for an audience.
- To be able to present science with flair and authenticity, using theatre techniques, thereby increasing the impact of scientific communication.
- story line
- pitfall exercises.
The story line is an outline of the presentation, but not a traditional outline with “Introduction”, “Method” and so forth. It is more of a real story, that contains conflicts (challenges in your research field) and turning points (contributions of other researchers and yourself). The story line contains key sentences that bring you from one part to the next – the start of a conflict could be something like “unfortunately, labeling the data manually is too unreliable and expensive”. Your presentation style should reflect whatever it is you want the message to be. Too unreliable and expensive labels is a very, very sad situation, and should be presented accordingly, with a sad face and voice :(. It might seem stupid to do this, but it is really not as bad as you think.