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For those students who will give a talk, what follows are some helpful tips to make your talk a success:

  • Consider your audience: you are speaking to graduate students who study a lot of topology, but that does not mean they have studied the same stuff as you. Include definitions and try to give intuition behind the main ideas.
  • All student talks at this conference will be 30 minutes long. Leave 2 - 3 minutes at the end of your talk for questions.
  • Please respect that you have been given 30 minutes to speak. Think about what you can skip if your talk seems to be running long (or what you can add in if you have extra time!)
  • Power point presentations are great but we all know that technical problems can occur. It is a good idea to have a back up plan just in case.
  • If someone asks you a question that you don't know the answer to, just say so! It happens to the brightest mathematicians and it may lead to an interesting discussion after the talk.
  • Have fun. You will feel better about your talk if you enjoy giving it, and your audience will respond positively to your energy.

There are lots of sites on the web which provide advice on how to give a good talk. Here are just a few:
How to give a talk
Advice on Creative Thinking, Research, Writing and Speaking

Speakers Travel Schedule