Here are some thoughts and recommendations that I would like to offer:
- Take full advantage by being prepared to practice your stuff.
- Let yourself shine! We want to see your excitement - tell us why your work is important.
- Be sure to hit on the three most important points about your work - (1) give us context, (2) tell us what you are going to do and (3) what you are hoping to find.
- Less is more - don't overload the audience with content - stick to major points.
- Be professional but try to be relaxed too.
- Your audience is typically rooting for you and wants to hear what you have to say.
- Bust it out and put forward your best effort, but realize that this is PRACTICE and that in the end it really doesn't matter. Does that seem counter intuitive? Should I not be saying things like this?! Perhaps. But, it's my personal philosophy that you've probably heard before - we want all of you to do a great job and you will. This is just another step in the process. Outcomes don't matter that much as long as you know that you made your best effort. Presenting can make people a little crazy (some actually stop breathing) - but the stress really isn't worth it. It's just a conversation about your work. Tell us about your research and chances are we are going to want to know more!