Last Wednesday, I gave a presentation about my research. Usually, I follow the same consecutive steps in my presentation (overview - background/ literature review - experiments - results - conclusions), just as I would build up a paper.
This time, however, I opted for a different style, and I think it also worked towards bringing a coherent story. I tried to follow the logic of a mathematical proof (theorem - proof - consequences) this time. Here's a brief overview of how I structured my talk:
I still start my presentations with an overview slide - maybe one day I'll also drop that and find a more natural way to start. I'd love to hear suggestions for that.
After the introduction, I immediately summed up the recommendations we've developed based on my research; and I treated this as the theorem to be proven.
3. Tools we used
As a background, I briefly introduced the experimental setup and the database from the literature I've compiled. These are the key elements to my proof, and in all further slides I heavily leaned on proof and data pulled from the experimental results and the database.
4. Proof for the recommendations
This part was the largest chunk of the presentation. I took the audience by the hand (or at least, tried to do so) and walked them through the evidence for my recommendations.
In one of the final stages, I showed the implications of the recommendations; and the results for 8 cases of solid slab bridges.
Which questions are still open? What are we working on now? In a final slide, I pointed towards the future.