With the right tools and preparation, public speaking can be a rewarding way to share your work and develop new connections. As with other forms of communication, the most important practice is to assess what the audience wants to know and what will spark their curiosity. Whether speaking with a group of school children or addressing the National Academies, no one wants to encounter that sea of glazed eyes that is so humbling as a speaker.

Avoiding the red X

In general, the dreaded red X shows up when speakers insert images in their PowerPoint talks as “links” and then the links aren’t available when they move the file. But it can also be a symptom of an overly-large file size. It’s great to maintain images as very high resolution files for when you need… Read more »