Presenting at histology conferences

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From:Linda Jenkins <> (by way of histonet)
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Dear Sue,
	In addition to Ian's invaluable advice, I would also like to add a
couple of things.
On a 30 minute presentation:  Try to allow five minutes for an intro(tell a
little about yourself and how you got into the business), twenty minutes
for the "guts" of the talk, and five minutes for wrap up and questions.  If
there's no questions - fine - audiences love you when you let them out a
little early.  Also, decide if you want the audience to ask questions
during the talk(can sometimes get you off track and be distracting to the
audience) or hold to the end.  Overheads, 35mm slides, and the more
advanced computerized PowerPoint presentations are all graphic aids to your
talk - but - remember - the MOST important thing is content - what you have
to say is much more important than how you show it!
	Attitude - Obviously, you a have message you want to share with
this group so, be enthusiastic about it.  Your enthusiasm shows, the
audience knows and they love it!  It doesn't matter if you speak with a
"Tennessee Twang"(me) or a very proper U.K. accent(Russ Allison)!
	Talk to the group - Don't "speak" to the group.  Find a friendly(or
pretend) face on the right, left and center and talk to them as you would
some one in a normal conversation.  I, personally, favor this method - hate
to be "preached" at - possibly because I have too many sins and feel
guilty:-)  Look at the audience - NOT the slide screen.  Have a copy of
your slides, overheads, etc. in front of you so it, at least, appears you
are talking to them.
	Anyhow, best of luck, and welcome to the speaking tour!  So...when
are you going to present at NSH?
Linda Jenkins, HT
Clemson University
Department of Bioengineering
Clemson, SC

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