Thanks Lodewijk & Leila! All good tips.

One more thing about posting information online is you can share extra
data. I encourage everyone to put links etc in their program submission
pages on wiki.

In the actual presentation, you are trying to convey the main idea and,
often at Wikimania, you're also trying to recruit other people to work on
your project :) If there's detailed information that you want to share but
would distract from the main presentation, putting it on the wiki is a good
way to share.


On Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 3:18 PM, Lodewijk <>

> Thanks for sharing!
> While some may be concerned that their vocabulary is too limited - the
> opposite warning must be provided for native speakers. It is often easier
> to follow a non-native speaker, because they are aware of their
> limitations. Especially native speakers have the tendency to speak too
> fast, push in too much content in their presentation and rush through it.
> Realize that about half your audience (if not more!) is unlikely to speak
> English as their first language. It sucks, right? Because you always want
> to tell more.
> This also goes with the other tip that I hate: don't be too fancy with
> your slides. I love to put as little information on slides as possible,
> trying to make them complement my story. WRONG! With a large number of
> non-native speakers, it is important that the information is in both.
> Especially if you have an accent (and sorry native speakers: many of you
> do, too) you're probably hard to understand for some part of your audience,
> at some point in your presentation. Having the basic storyline in your
> sheets doesn't just help the people in the room, but also people who try to
> follow your presentation online.
> Finally: in an ideal world you upload your slides before your
> presentation. That way, you can add the link in your last (or first!)
> slide, so that people can download it, and read along at their own speed -
> or jot it down/photograph it for later reviewing. ESPECIALLY if you have
> lots of data/beautiful graphs!
> Best,
> Lodewijk
> PS: if you like to be rogue, you try to hit every single spot in 'bad
> presentation bingo' here
> <>.
> On Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 9:08 PM, Leila Zia <> wrote:
>> Hi Phoebe,
>> On Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 11:01 AM, phoebe ayers <>
>> wrote:
>> > Dear all,
>> >
>> > We had planned to have a presentation clinic for speakers at Wikimania,
>> but
>> > unfortunately the leader had to cancel at the last moment. So
>> > instead...since I imagine lots of people are finishing their talks this
>> > weekend, let's share our best advice for giving a presentation with each
>> > other!
>> If someone else signing up to help you on this front can reduce some
>> workload from you, please ping me. I'd be happy to pick up work on
>> this front or others.
>> > More tips are here:
>> > information
>> > Add your own, or reply here.
>> Adding one more tip:
>> Context: I'm not a native English speaker which means my vocabulary
>> set is limited, I can make grammatical errors when speaking, and under
>> stress, I may say things that in sequence may not make sense in
>> English. ;)
>> The best advice for this case I've received from a professor some
>> years ago was to write down /everything/ I want to say about a slide
>> in the slide notes exactly how I wish I could say it at the
>> presentation time. Then, I read these notes 2-3 times, and then I do
>> 2-3 runs of the presentation for myself. This approach has worked for
>> me quite well. Before doing this, I used to waste a lot of time (and I
>> guess annoy the audience) by saying "emmm" and looking for words in my
>> mind. On extra tip if you go with this approach: don't read your notes
>> too many times or you will sound like someone who has memorized a
>> script. ;)
>> Writing what you want to say will take time, it takes me between 45-60
>> min for 15 slides (that I've never presented before), but it's
>> honestly one of the best uses of that time if you're preparing for a
>> presentation.
>> > see you very soon!
>> can't wait. :)
>> Best,
>> Leila
>> > Phoebe
>> >
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