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The Performer

27 Dec 2013, 19:02 UTC
The Performer
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"Know your audience", said one of my postdoc adviser during our practice talks for the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting. To those who are unfamiliar with this phrase it basically means that, when you are giving a talk/presentation or just communicating (anything), tuning your presentation to the appropriate level of the audience makes it more....'presentable'. The goal is not to put the audience to sleep or lose their attention so that they can play 'fruit ninja' on their smart phone. This may sound rather obvious to many of you, but I did not "get" it until I taught couple of courses and gave some talks. Sure, I did follow that advice over the years and carefully planned my presentations but something else was missing. I found one of the important ingredient's that was missing in my talks after watching Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention last year before the elections (Here). And that was... 'chatting' ! The presentation style was...'chatty', peppered with some facts, joking occasionally, asking questions (either to himself or to the listeners) to keep the audience involved. He knew his audience and kept them engaged. He was a Performer! I thought it was very well ...

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