Sunday, April 8, 2012

Good Advice on Seminar Presentations

The Three-Toed Sloth presents this excellent advice on seminar presentations.

It's advice that's heeded far more often by Statisticians than by Economists, in my experience.

The only things I'd add are : One hour is plenty of time - 1.5 hours is too long for most attention spans; and we go to seminars to listen to the speaker, not to listen to members of the audience interrupting the speaker.

© 2012, David E. Giles


  1. Good advice from the three-eyed sloth. For Econ Dept seminars I would add the corollaries:
    1) No literature reviews.
    2) No long introductions.
    3) No questions until the end.
    If these rules were adhered to, we could have seminars in which the speakers actually get to the results before time is up!


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