Applying Mechatronics to Promote Science / Central Brooklyn Robotics Initiative (AMPS / CBRI)

Presentation Boot Camp

Within the research and academic communities there is a growing interest in improving the communication skills of scientists, especially their ability to communicate the substance and importance of research to general audiences. This two‐day workshop focuses on presenting scientific concepts and research findings more effectively to both scientific/technical audiences and the general public. Through a series of interactive sessions, participants receive training in planning and preparing presentations that communicate messages more clearly and effectively and that have a lasting impact on the audience. Topics include: knowing and identifying the needs of the audience, highlighting big ideas and take‐home messages, decoding complex concepts with diagrams, and displaying data in meaningful ways. Attendees also receive training in the use and application of a protocol and associated rubric for evaluating the effectiveness of scientific presentations.

Date Time Agenda Venue
August 11, 2011 08:00 am Introductions and Overview LC 400, 5 MetroTech Center (Dibner Building), NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY 11201
08:30 am Why Are Most Presentations Awful?
09:30 am That Was a Great Presentation! Why?
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Evaluating Talks Using the Presentation Skills Protocol Skill Sets, Performance Ratings, and Profiles
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm PSP in Practice
02:00 pm Break
02:15 pm Presentation Ecosystem and the Art of Presenting Well Know Thy Audience, Know Thy Setting
03:00 pm Big Ideas, Take‐home Messages, and S.T.A.R. Moments
August 12, 2011 08:00 am Think Like a Designer: Fundamentals of Good Slide Construction Silleck Lounge, 6 MetroTech Center (Jacobs Building), NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY 11201
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Diagrams that Deliver Messages and Reduce the Cognitive Load
11:00 am Displaying Data: Maximizing the Signal and Reducing the Noise Slide Evaluation Using the Glance Test
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm It’s Alive: Breathing Life into Presentations
02:15 pm Break
02:30 pm Slide Makeovers
03:30 pm Wrap-up