How to Stand and Deliver
30 Aug 2004 by Matthew Linderman
no bullet points.…but then what?
The Scholarly Lecture: How to Stand and Deliver offers survival tips for speakers. A summary (yes, bullet pointed) after the jump…
- Remember that people who show up to hear you want to believe that you’re smart, interesting, and a good speaker.
- Before you get up to speak, be sure you’re well hydrated (you need that for your vocal cords) and have made a stop.
- Technology is a tool, but a tool is not a friend and is often a rival.
- PowerPoint is for sissies.
- A lecture isn’t a casual conversation.
- Look at your audience frequently.
- Don’t hook the air with your fingers to indicate that you’re quoting someone.
- Don’t read aloud subheads or part numbers that may divide up bits of your lecture.
- Never, ever, ever interrupt your lecture to say, “I’m going to skip some pages here in the interest of time,” or, “In the longer version of this paper, I will explain…”
- Don’t apologize for your lapses as a speaker, for the paucity of your research, or for the fact that you couldn’t get your hair cut that month.
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Then stop.
- Prepare yourself in advance for questions.
- If you’re not the only speaker, listen to the others.