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How to Give a Good Talk?

14 Sep
Tuesday, 09/14/2021 11:00am to 12:00pm
CS 150/151
Speaker: Yair Zick

In this talk, I will offer some tips and actionable advice on how to improve your public speaking skills. I will use CS conference/seminar talks as my focus point, though the ideas we'll discuss are broadly applicable. We will cover:

1. Content - what should go into your slides, and slide design
2. Presentation skills, and overcoming anxiety
3. Handling audience questions

The talk is aimed at graduate students but is open to anyone interested in public speaking in technical venues.

Bio: Yair Zick is an assistant professor at the College of Information Systems and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at the NUS School of Computing. He obtained his PhD (mathematics) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2014, and a B.Sc (mathematics, "Amirim" honors program) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include computational fair division, computational social choice, algorithmic game theory and algorithmic transparency. He is the recipient of the 2011 AAMAS Best Student Paper award, the 2014 Victor Lesser IFAAMAS Distinguished Dissertation award, the 2016 ACM EC Best Paper award, and the 2017 Singapore NRF Fellowship.