Typical talks / presentations that I happen to attend go like this:
- We are doing research on X;
- Here is what we did, in detail;
This is fine IF I already know exactly 1) what the problem is, AND 2) why it matters to solve that problem.
Why would I pay attention if I don’t?
In most cases I don’t. And this is not because I am dumb, arrogant, etc., but because we are probably not working on exactly the same problems, or I have simply not identified that problem, or if I did, I don’t find it motivating enough to dedicate time to it (i.e., we do not have the same priorities).
I would much rather prefer that you motivate me to think about that problem, before you tell me what you did about it.
And if you could do it via commonsense notions and vocabulary, I’d be more than happy. Because jargon is too often just a mask for incompetence.
A nicer outline would be:
- Suppose you, the person in the audience, are in the situation X… (add a photo or two, to make it more concrete);
- …and the problem you have is Y;
- Think about how you would solve it;
- Who (what groups of people) need to solve such problems?
- What are the typical ways in which others have been solving such problems so far?
- Here is how we solved it;
- Here is what is nice, and what doesn’t work in what w did;
- Go to (say where), or read (say what) if you want to know more;
Not very hard to do.