Communicate your research to academic audiences

How confident are you at presenting to other researchers?

This rarely comes naturally to people so get all the help you can.

  • A training course, particularly where you have to present and get feedback from an audience, can really help you learn how to present effectively. Investigate Faculty or School researcher development training programmes on the Training Catalogue on eProg.
  • Take every opportunity to observe skilled presenters and learn from their techniques.
  • Find trusted supporters to give you feedback on your presentations. These could be academics, but also other skilled doctoral researchers. Ask them in advance to give you feedback and learn from their comments.

Can you do your elevator pitch?

This is the 30 second introduction to you and your work, when you find yourself talking briefly to someone influential - the answer to 'so, what do you do?'

If you are talking to another researcher, whether another PhD or an eminent professor, try this format:

  • What's your topic? (paraphrase - don't just quote the title of your PhD!)
  • What's your methodology? (very brief)
  • Why your question matters (the 'so what?' factor)
  • Where you are in the process (any interesting results, any implications)
  • What you need to get it done (an open invitation to the listener to contribute, either with suggestions or further contacts).