How deep down are you?

The longer you do research or perform any other type of work, the deeper you dig. This is called expertise. You begin with both of your feet on the ground. During your Bachelor or Master studies you start digging a first hole. This is followed by a doctorate and perhaps even a postdoctoral study. You…

Never go overtime again during your presentation

5 helpful tips for successful time management. There’s nothing more annoying than presenters going overtime, upsetting the entire program. But how should you manage your time when you are the one on stage? Here are 5 helpful tips: 1.     Use a timer You, the presenter, control your time. Even when someone in the audience interrupts…

Find the opposition

Imagine that you are driving along a dark highway. You are all alone in the car and the road is deserted. You have another 400 miles to go. On a straight stretch of road, with no twists or curves ahead of you. No distraction within sight. And you doze off. Something very similar occurs during…

Slide design for dummies

Because all too many researchers struggle with the design of their presentation, I wanted to show you a couple of before-and-after slide examples. Extreme slide make-over! For your information: I recently helped Marianne rework her thesis presentation. She approached me with a rough draft of her presentation, and that was what we started tinkering with….