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Tips for creating compelling presentations (Part I: External advice)

I recently shared a collection of advice on how to approach creating conference talks with a friend. I thought I’d share them in case it is helpful to folks who come across this blog.

Listed here is some useful advice I’ve culled from various web sites over the years and my commentary on them.  If you are aware of useful advice not listed here, please list them in the comments.  In a forthcoming blog cost, I’ll post my personal thoughts on this topic

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

Yet another blog

Well, I’ve finally decided to create a blog.  I’d been thinking about creating one for a while, but as you might imagine, it’s been hard to find enough spare time.

Why create this blog?  In the course of obtaining my PhD, I feel like a lot of people have put quite a bit of effort into helping me understand how to approach life in academia.  I’ve also learned quite a few things by trial and error.  In this blog, I hope to encode my experiences in hopes that doing so will help me and others learn from them.  Expect conference reports, teaching experiences, and the like on this blog.

I spent a lot of time thinking about a good title for this blog.  I settled on “Formalized Curiosity” because it perfectly defines academic research.  The original quote, by Zora Neale Hurston, is below.

Research is formalized curiosity.  It is poking and prying with a purpose.

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