Communications in Physics

Communications in Physics

A summary from the paper by the same title from B. Bederson, Physics Today, November 1997.

Compiled by C.D. Lin

Oral Presentation

Things not to do:

  1. use undefined technical terms;
  2. not explain what is being plotted;
  3. use incomprehensible acronyms;
  4. use too many overheads;
  5. use densely packed with poorly displayed equations; and
  6. overly recycled transparencies with many afterthought scribbles.
Things to consider for making presentations:
  1. need to consider your audience's capacity;
  2. start with the context of the subject of your talk why you choose this problem?
  3. state what background is needed to understand your talk;
  4. reduce your presentation to the essentials only;
  5. do not go into the details which you have labored through--the audience in general is not interested in them;
  6. show enthusiasm for your subject;
  7. use jargons rarely;
  8. never overstay your welcome; and
  9. judge if the audience is with you.

The Overheads

  1. Use large type size fonts.
  2. Do not use overheads that have been scribbled before.
  3. Use recycled overheads with caution--are they appropriate for this audience?
  4. Avoid confusing appearance in overheads.