This material below is preliminary! See the slides!
- Use EXAMPLE first.. before definition, etc.
- Try to use a SIMPLE example.
If possible, use the same example to illustrate several points.
Try to avoid many different examples.
- Include an outline, that lists the high-points.
This will help you organize the material, and will help the audience track
what is happening during your talk.
(You may want to return to it when starting each new subtopic.)
- Be sure the audience is able to understand the BIG IDEAS.
- Be sure terms are defined before use.
- Important to MOTIVATE results
- Why is this important?
- What would it mean if this was true?
- Don't try to *prove* theorems, especially NOT deep ones.
Just give high-level outline and motivation.
- People (eg, in the audience) are uniprocessors.
When they are reading, they are not listening.
So give them as little as possible to read!
- You don't need full sentences -- just phrases ... bullets.
Can usually avoid "The", "One can", "So,", "therefore,", "denotes",
"is also called", ...
- Use line-breaks to help readers parse material.
- Think also about spacing in general:
Which is easier to parse?
P(a) P( b|a ) P( c,d | e )
- Pictures typically do better than words.
- Feel free to use some colors to distinguish different types of
(Eg, perhaps write everything that the user types, in
Animation can also be useful.
(But not too much.)
- A full slide of text can be overwhelming.
Can use animation to present information incrementally.
- Be sure to re-read your slides, from the perspective of someone who did
not know this material.
Would YOU get the big ideas, if this was all that you saw?
- Think about notation:
Do you use the same variable for many purposes... even if they are in
different fonts, this can be confusing!
Also, realize that (in many fonts), "1" and "l" are difficult to distinguish,
and "0" / "O", etc.
Realize that, if it is POSSIBLE for people to misunderstand your point,
General PPT Hints:
- Please use slide numbers.
- You might want to use TexPoint,
which allows you to embed LaTeX code within your PPT slides.
This will spare you the hassle of having to copy-and-paste figures for simple
math terms, or hunt for the relevant symbol in the "Insert" menu
... eg "A \bot C".
- Whenever possible, avoid having figures "spliced" into text.
Better to use regular text, with symbols, subscripts, superscripts, ...
(This is not always possible...)