I am a project manager, grant writer, ex-scientist, co-founder and current president of a public speaking club (part of Toastmasters International) and much more. I received a master in Molecular Medicine and later a PhD from Aarhus University in Denmark. I then moved on to a postdoc at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, before I put the scientist life behind me.
A big interest of mine is communication, which is the theme of my blog on Presentation Tips. During my scientist years, I developed an interest in how to share scientific findings in clearer and more interesting ways. I saw many who struggled to give good presentations, who mismanaged their preparation time, and who were incredibly nervous.
Scientific findings are worth little if we don’t share them – but sharing is not enough. First and foremost the audience must take it in and this is the ball that is most often dropped. The audience either falls a sleep, spaces out, or simply can’t follow you.
Few scientists receive formal training in scientific communication. Personally, I have sought out this training after completing my education. In addition to reading books on the subject and honing my skills at my workplace, I train my public speaking skills at Toastmasters International.
You can also find blog posts by me at the Karolinska Institutet Career blog, where I have contributed with posts on working smart and writing well.
About the Presentation Tips blog
The theme of this blog is how to make a great scientific presentation.
Scientists regularly present their findings at their workplace or international meetings. Giving and listening to presentations are important parts of sharing scientific findings both before and after they are published in journals. Many scientists, however, make common errors, when they give presentations. Thereby their results become hard to follow and understand, and they lose their audience. Fortunately, this can be fixed by learning basic techniques, do’s and dont’s, practicing, and asking for feedback.
On this website I write about how you can share your findings in a way that will engage your audience and help them leave your presentation with a clear understanding of what you wanted to convey.
As a result of this, you will get a happier audience who are more likely to remember you and your work.
I will focus on all the aspects of the presentation from how to present graphs to how to use your voice and body language.