Attending the lectures/presentations by all the students led me to think of another Limerick (and this is more from the cynical and ironical side, etc, etc):
All the Ph.D. students present slide-and-slide
Common tips-and-tricks they won't abide
Reading from the screen word-by-word
Turns around and see, nerd-next-to-nerd,
Snoring audience sleeping side-by-side
So, some tips on the trip forward:
- do not read from the slides, the audience have already read the slide four times before you’ve read the first sentence. Explain what’s “happening” on the slide instead. State the bullets on the slide and explain them wordly – let them be just bullets for the audience to remember your presentation.
- face the audience when you are presenting, especially in a noisy environment. What comes out of your mouth is (acoustically) easier to understand when one sees the lip movements.