Yo, I won the first, best paper prize! 😁
In the picture, Prof. David Sedlak, Environmental Engineer, University of California.
1st Graduate Symposium on Marine Environmental Research (GRAMMER'19) is a graduate student organised symposium (happened last week, 12th March, late post, because I just got the picture😜). The symposium was supported by State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP, Hong Kong). Looking back, I feel like I have improved my presentation skills over time, since I joined PhD. Before coming out of India, I used to think, "OMG, I am not a native English speaker, I am no way comparable to native speakers, no matter how hard I try, it's their mother tongue!" I am a trained public speaker in my mother tongue (Tamil) since middle school, however, speaking in English, I was never that confident! However, after coming out of India, I have changed my perception. I have developed my confidence in presenting science, in English! I don't consider myself a pro-presenter, however here are certain things I follow while making slides for any presentation:
1) The audience - knowing the audience helps in tailor making introduction, to decide the extent of simplification required.
2) Time limit - to decide the amount of content.
3) The storyline or the flow: This includes deciding what goes first, second, third and so on. Choosing the important data that is required to support the story. i.e the most important finding. Definitely it is impossible to present all the data you have!
4) Color or theme: I prefer black text, white background and blue for text highlights. I think it is better to use few colors.
5) Animations: I like using the "appear" animation in my slides as it helps in getting the focus to what I am talking as I click!
6) Practice: No matter how much experienced you are, it is always best to practice. This helps in efficient time management and in adding or removing few slides.
Hope this helps, is anything missing here? Add in the comments if any!#womeninscience #science #phdlife #tamilgirl #tamilscientist #tamilwomeninscience #indianwomeninscience #stemgirls #marine #winner #first #presentation #happyface