How to Give a Great SIGGRAPH Talk
Tuesday, Half Day, 1:30 - 5 pm
to urban legend, opinion polls reveal that human beings
fear public speaking more than death. One of the most
demanding public-speaking environments is the annual SIGGRAPH
conference, where audience expectations are dauntingly
high. There are specific, practical ways to make public
speaking less terrifying, and to create presentations
that will satisfy even a SIGGRAPH audience. This course
shows how to prepare and deliver a great talk that is
appropriate for Papers, Panels, Courses, Sketches & Applications,
or even the real world beyond SIGGRAPH.
Identifying your subject. Organizing your thoughts. Preparing
a proposal. Creating great slides and notes. Getting permissions.
Text and imagery. Creating course notes. File formats,
fonts, graphics, and other production issues. Mental preparation
for the talk. Physical aspects of performance (how to
stand, move, breathe). How to begin and end. Effective
use of two slide projectors. Using video. Giving demonstrations.
What to do if you panic. Handling equipment malfunctions.
James F. Blinn
Writer and Consultant