If you are a typical reader of this blog, then you recently wrapped up your finals week and then dutifully made a summer plan. And then came the summer. Your plan may have involved working on a manuscript, preparing for a qualifying exam or a new course coming up in the fall, drafting a grant proposal, learning a new language (human or machine), eating kale in four different forms, and perhaps some fun times under the sun. Some, like me, also made plans to travel to conferences and give talks. Gearing up to get ready for my first conference of the summer, I thought about some of the best and the worst math talks I have witnessed. And I said to myself: “Self, you have surely seen the worst!” But why? Why do so many mathematicians give truly disastrous talks? Maybe we should talk about talks a bit.
© 2014 Gizem Karaali
Karaali, G., Math Talk: Preparing Your Conference Presentation, guest blog entry for American Mathematical Society e-Mentoring Network, http://blogs.ams.org/mathmentoringnetwork/2014/08/04/math-talk-preparing-your-conference-presentation/ posted on August 4, 2014.