How to Choose Topics For Paper PresentationWhen you're given a topic for a paper presentation, it can feel daunting. You've heard all about how many papers you have to prepare for and, if this is your first time to give one, there's always some fear that you'll be in so much trouble you won't know what to do with yourself. The good news is that there are plenty of topics to choose from and you don't have to be in such a rush.
But first things first: what does a topic for a paper presentation really mean? Think of it as a 'topic' is a good way to define this particular type of presentation, which is quite different from any other kind of paper presentation. Instead of being a document, which the audience has to read and study, the main purpose of this kind of presentation is to use the information presented to get answers to questions that have been posed to you during the presentation. So instead of cramming for tests, you have to think of this kind of presentation as studying for tests.
So how do you go about picking topics for paper presentation? Start by determining what your audience will be asking you during the presentation. This is called a question and, in order to choose the right topic, you have to ask yourself a series of questions. Who are you going to give the presentation to? And how long will this meeting last?
One of the best ways to find out is to consult a list of the topics you might need to cover during the presentation. This way, you can choose topics that will cover your entire topic range. While it would be impossible to cover everything in a quick presentation, it will at least give you an idea of what to expect when your presentation starts.
Next, take note of the topics that you might come across during the meeting. This is also known as a 'draft'. You have to organize your ideas about the topics that you might discuss in the meeting. You can use a drafting software to create a draft based on what's in front of you. These are not final drafts and they will still need to be worked on in the coming days but they will help you determine which topics are the most important ones to work on.
After completing your final drafts, it's time to start thinking about possible scenarios that might arise during the presentation. While all these are very important and should be considered carefully, here are some of the scenarios that you might want to consider during the presentation:
- Do you know what the audience wants? You might think that presenting the audience with a list of topics would be a waste of time, but it is actually quite important because you want to have an idea about what questions will be asked and how much time is going to be allotted to the discussion. If the topics are organized in the right way, you can eliminate topics that have low priority or those that do not meet the requirements of the audience.
- How much time will there be to cover the topics? If you were presented with a list of topics a day before the presentation, you might feel like you have enough time to cover all the topics but if you were presented with a list of topics that are a few days before the presentation, you might be anxious. By limiting the time that is allocated to each topic, you can allow yourself to dedicate more time to the other topics that you want to cover.