Bad as in terrible, not bad as in really good
January 19, 2011 12:48 PM Subscribe
I have an opportunity to give the most terrible scientific presentation I can possibly muster. Tell me how to make it awesomely bad.
posted by heyforfour to Science & Nature (145 answers total) 114 users marked this as a favorite
Slide design I feel pretty confident about - unrelated clip art, disappearing information, tiny font, blocks of text, and so on. In terms of talk organization, data presentation, and delivery, I would like to fill my talk with every terrible thing that you hate about scientific presentations.
Some examples of things I intend to do:
* Have far to many slides and rush through the last 10 or so in two minutes
* Turn my back on the class to read slides
* No "signposting" slides
* Bad graphs
To hopefully keep this from degenerating into rant-swapping about terrible talks, please keep in mind I'm looking for things that I can successfully implement in a 20 minute talk, and which are instructive about what a good presentation should be like. Mild shenanigans are okay (I'm planning to spend the first minute in front of the class trying to open my presentation file) but let's keep it focused on things that inhibit the transfer of knowledge and make talks incomprehensible.