Oral presentation tips
Remember that the official language of the meeting
is English – therefore, all presentations and discussion will use that
language. If you feel any difficulty with the use of English, do your best and
try to obtain help a few months in advance of the conference.
On the other hand, if you are a native English
speaker, some care should also be taken to ensure that you will be able to
communicate effectively with people who may have some difficulty in
understanding your language. Be prepared to present your talk slowly, and to
use a computer presentation that will help the attendants to understand you. A
presentation containing only images is fine if your public includes only native
English speakers; a presentation with topics, names of people, places, dates,
subjects, as well as some full sentences and quotations, will be very helpful
in the case of the general audience of this conference.
We also ask you to remember that the public
attending this specific conference is diverse. Some people among your listeners
are probably not familiar with some specific topics, authors and references you
are dealing with. Think about your auditors and be kind enough to provide a short elucidation of the
most abstruse features of your paper.
Notice that just reading your paper might be
definitely boring and the audience may be unable to pay attention to your talk.
Reading papers at conferences is definitely a habit in the case of some
academic disciplines (philosophy, for instance), while it seldom happens in
other disciplines (physics, for instance). Sometimes scholars read papers to
ensure greater precision; sometimes to guarantee that they will be able to
comply with the time schedule; and in some cases (especially those who are not
native English speakers) because they are insecure. It is advisable, indeed, to
write down your full paper; but after that, you can also prepare yourself to
communicate it in an efficient way.
We strongly suggest that you think about all these
issues and get prepared to present a wonderful, breathtaking effective talk. Of
course, this is not just a requirement for this conference, your public will be
forever grateful if you improve your effective communication skills.