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How to Make Good Talks Great

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Beyond good graphs, big fonts, and a loud voice, what makes a merely good talk truly excellent? In this talk, Dr. Todd Thompson discusses some key elements of great seminars, lectures, and colloquia taken from his experience in astrophysics research and teaching. He presents strategies for improving technical seminars, job talks, and public outreach talks, including the art of responding to questions and the trick of knowing what not to say. This talk is applicable to many STEM fields and non-STEM fields.

You can download the handout from the talk here.

For more presentation resources, click here.

Livestream: register and get the link here.

Please note that we have switched this event to livestream only (i.e., there will be no in-person session) due to public health concerns. Follow the link above to register and get the link to the livestream.


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Kerry Hodak at or . Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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For More Information Contact:

Kerry Hodak
Ohio Union Activities Board