academic presentations

So, we’ve talked before about the challenges associated with academic presentations.  I still struggle with the form—-15 minutes to try to squeeze in a whole research paper! Now I try to do much less.  But, I am still looking for brilliant examples of strong academic presentations. (If you know any examples online, drop a link into the comments.)  I just got a copy of Nancy Duarte’s book Slideology and must say that that the book has much that even a die-hard, Dad’s tie and powerpoint-using, 100 words per slide-cramming, directly-from-the-slide-reading academic might learn from.  And, here’s the slideology blog with lots of helpful tips.


Written by teppo

March 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Posted in academia

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  1. I just attended a talk by Rogers Brubaker on a paper he just co-authored. It took him over an hour to present the paper. I think 15 minutes is absurdly short. But that’s the standard.

    Is it harder to present a sociology paper compared to a political science paper? Economics?


    Richard Pointer

    March 15, 2009 at 12:08 am

  2. Well—-I am guessing lots of the “hardness” simply depends on the content of the research itself and the audience. For a highly specialized audience, niche, you can imagine that something very technical and detail-oriented could effectively be delivered even in the short 15 min format. Organizational research tends to be quite heterogeneous, and somewhat fragmented, thus one can rarely assume a super-specialized audience (except, perhaps, at some smaller conferences).



    March 15, 2009 at 12:21 am

  3. To what degree is there a developing norm to immediately put these presentations online, youtube style? Who are the social leaders in encouraging a development like this?


    Hopefully Anonymous

    March 15, 2009 at 8:29 am

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  5. Here’s a nice example of slideology tweaks made on Barry Schwartz’s presentation:



    March 16, 2009 at 1:33 am

  6. If I could initiate any changes in such norms, I would extend typical presentation by 10 minutes in exchange of shortening the actual published paper by 10 pages. Really, I think most papers I read are too long, filled with lots of unnecessary redundancies, unnecessary citations that are there mainly to fulfil some kind of an institutional requirement, and sometimes unnecessary rethorics that are there to support either trivial arguments or weak ones.



    March 16, 2009 at 4:56 am

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