Preparation Materials for LoboBITES
The following are some strongly recommended practices and articles to help you prepare your LoboBITES presentation. Please also refer to the contest rules and judging criteriaas you craft your talk. Good luck!
- Watch examples of successful presentations from similar competitions. We recommend finding talks from disciplines like yours and taking notes about what makes these presentations effective, and then applying these principles to your own speech.
- Watch this video outlining the three most common mistakes when giving a three-minute research presentation.
Articles & Tutorials
- "Your Time Starts Now!" by Simon Clews, director of the Writing Centre at the University of Melbourne
- "How to Talk About Your Thesis in Three Minutes" by Inger Mewbern, RMIT University
- "Top Ten Tips for Writing and Delivering Very Brief Speeches" by Bill Cole, Founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants
- "10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking" by Terry Gault, Managing Partner and Vice President of the Henderson Group
- "Tips for Effective Design and Use of the 3-Minute Thesis Slide"by Vitae
- Presentation practice is available through Centennial Library's D.E.N. 2, a private interactive space with an overhead projector and other equipment. Click here to reserve. You can check out a video camera from the Centennial service desk to record and review your presentation. Practice makes perfect!
- While we're on the subject of practice, be sure to practice your talk in front of a trusted faculty member (such as your advisor), friends, and peers and ask for their honest feedback. Be sure they understand the basic premise of the competition (a non-academic talk about your research in three minutes) so they can give you the most effective feedback possible.