Tips for Good Talks & Job Talks in Particular

Tips for Good Talks & Job Talks in Particular

Tips for Good Talks & Job Talks in Particular

Alycia J. Weinberger

December 17, 2019


Staff Scientist Alycia Weinberger presented a Postdoc Development Workshop on how to deliver a Good Job Talk.  Staff Scientists Anat Shahar, Diana Roman, and Steve Shirey, participated in the discussion period. 

One of the most important tips presented was that you must convince people in different fields of expertise that what you do is important.  You must persuade them that you are an expert in your field. And you must believe that you ARE an expert in your field. You would not have gotten to the point of an interview if they did not already think that you are.

  • Whatever field you are in, you need good oral and written communication skills.
  • Let your audience know how you fit into their department.
  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • Know your audience; know your venue.
  • Dress for the occasion; jacket is preferable when using a mic, and nothing you wear should be distracting.
  • Ensure that the title of your talk is not off-putting; it should be understandable. 
  • Create an outline for yourself that breaks down your talk into 3 important parts:  Introduction, the "Protein," and your Conclusions.
  • Your Job Talk should be mostly about YOUR work. 
  • Create good slides with readable font size.
  • Present your science data in a clear way.
  • Convey your takeaway message on each slide.
  • Have back-up slides for additional questions.

Check out Alycia Weinberger's list of resources available in her presentation and on her website