Acknowledgments: Special THANKS to Matthias Beck, Sophie Rehberg, and the Discrete Geometry Group/The Villa at FU Berlin.
Dr. Laura Colmenarejo is currently a Marshall H. Stone Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez is a PhD candidate at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kentucky.
Early in 2020 during, January and February, the second author was visiting the FU Berlin Discrete Geometry group where they held a weekly “soft skills” seminar and one of the topics was on how to give a good talk. After coming back the second author wrote “A Reflection on Giving Talks那” where he compiled some feedback he received about a talk he gave and the advice presented in the soft skills seminar. Putting the advice into practice for in-person talks was short-lived since the coronavirus has pushed the field to modify the way seminar and conference talks are presented: ONLINE.
In November, both authors were invited to facilitate the soft skills seminar on the topic ofonline talks。Both authors have experience in organizing and facilitating online math conferences and seminars. For instance, the first author co-organizedAlCoVE (Algebraic Combinatorial Virtual Expedition)in June 15-16, andFPSAC(正式的幂级数在代数组合子ics)在7月3日 - 30年7月期间，在全球各地的时区分发的12个虚拟会议期间，分布了27个会谈和50多个海报。第二作者共同组织了离散组合，代数，拓扑和统计（猫）研讨会在肯塔基州大学和graduate Online Combinatorics Colloquium (GOCC)。Moreover, both authors participated inAIM UP (Advancing Inquiry/Inclusion in Mathematics Undergraduate Program)那a virtual research experience for undergraduates, during July 6-31 where they mentored undergraduate students on projects focusing onparking functions。
尽管过渡到主要在线谈判，但大部分建议“A Reflection on Giving Talks” still holds, but we detail a few points here related to online talks with the hope that they may help others in their preparation and presentation of online talks.
- 准备某些幻灯片或您可以在谈话中使用的笔记。一些研讨会使用以下规则：预先研讨会+ 10分钟+ 30分钟进行研究谈话。研讨会前应旨在旨在为本科生和研究生。
- Leave space to annotate during your talk, or even to answer questions.
- Leave space for small examples that you have done before, but do not do long or complex computations during your talk.
- Preparation reflection: What’s your goal for this talk? Collaboration, presenting results, describing a new project you are working on and the problems you are looking at, etc.
- Know your audience by asking about it in advance or looking at the seminar/conference websites or list of participants. You could also attend another session of the seminar if it is a recurring meeting.
- Have back-up technology or presentation in case something does not work. For example, at one seminar a speaker had trouble using their tablet to give their online version of a “board talk.” Fortunately, this speaker had prepared a PDF with notes that they then screenshared and filled in details if needed.
On the day of your talk:
- Turn off the notifications on your devices, so you are not disturbed during your talk.
- Connect a few minutes earlier, between 5 and 10 minutes, and schedule your talk for also another extra 5-10 minutes after the end.
During your talk:
- If you cannot see the chat, let them know and ask for someone to interrupt you in case there are questions posted on the chat.
- 如果你觉得不舒服有摄像头off, invite some collaborators or colleagues and ask them to have their cameras on, or ask the organizers to do it.
- Recall that many people still take notes during talks, and take your time delivering your talk and give space for people to ask questions. One good way could be to pause for 3 to 5 seconds between slides.
- Recall that the audience is watching you as much as your slides and your attitude and mannerisms matter.
- We should be mindful and minimize going between screens and technical-setups or switching back and forth between windows. Minimize pressing a lot buttons to avoid confusion for yourself and to not distract from the point of your talk. (Thank you Sophie for this point!)
- Follow up on questions that were interesting and that could lead to collaborations.
- Post-talk ritual: Talks are intense and require a lot of energy from us. Take some time to relax, hydrate and eat something, before switching to some other tasks.
- Be yourself before the talk, during the talk, and after the talk.
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