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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

More On Presentations

About a week or so ago, I posted an entry AECT Presentation Quality responding to a few of my colleagues about creating better conference presentations. Since that time I came across this blog entry, which may provide some additional guidance:

Strategies for Avoiding Paper Readers at a Conference
By Platypus Matt on soylent green is people

This paper reading at conferences has got to stop. Don't read your paper at a conference. The next time you think, "Oh, I'll just bring my paper and read it at the conference," remember: Platypus Matt told you not to do it.

There are few things I fear more at a conference than getting stuck in a stuffy conference room and forced to endure one hour and fifteen minutes of paper reading delivered at a monotone (the word from which "monotonous" is derived--look it up). Yes, I know that this is entirely my fault. I could get up and leave, mumbling something about "dagnabbit paper readers" under my breath as I vacate the premise like Sonic the Hedgehog. I always end up sitting in the front, right in front of the, er, "speakers," and would feel guiltier than OJ just standing up and walking out. You see, I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, even as my consciousness is sucked from my brain with a loud "spllggging" sound.

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