As plans for our student speaker conference are ramping up, we’ve been talking about ways to recruit excellent speakers to the project (this is where we’re trying to host a university centric TED talks sort of thing). One idea, was to make some kind of video public service announcement that would direct people towards the application process as well as have a bit of web (as in hopefully viral) fun.
Anyway, I thought it might make an interesting slideshow to present things that you definitely should avoid at all costs when giving a talk. Some of these are obvious, some maybe not so much, but it would great to open this up and see if there are others out there worth highlighting.
So, without further ado – here is the beginnings of such a list.
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Evil powerpoint slides.
Multiple shots of that animal or flower you saw during your vacation, that yes, while interesting, does not need more than one slide in your talk.
Non-mocking, gratuitous product placements.
Being under the influence.
Slides depicting graphic surgical techniques (unless of course, your talk is about the said graphic surgical technique).
Intense body odor.
The font: Comic Sans.
Anyway, that’s a good start I think. Any more?