Why do people blow the punchline in scientitic talks? The destructive effect of acknowledgements slides

Reblog from Writing in Science

There are great points made in this blog post on the use of acknowledgements in talks.  This blog generally has great advice.

“Last words are our strongest. That’s why the punchline comes at the end of the joke and the conclusions at the end of a presentation. The conclusion slide is the ‘take home message’ that we want our audience to soak up. So we should leave that message in front of them for as long as possible. Even while people are asking questions—let them stew on your conclusions.”

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Dr. Kevin McGuire is an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and the associate director for the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech.

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