The Podcasts

Each podcast contains two parts,

1) a funcast featuring a cast of characters: a human, a virus, and a robot. It usually lasts 2 minutes and is intended to bring a smile on the face of the overworked scientist prior to going into the presentation skills segment.

2) a profcast featuring the interview of a prof or luminary sheding light on how-to, what-not-to-do, why-do, and other interesting topics related to scientific presentations.

Here are the themes of the profcasts.

01 – What does the audience remember

02 – David Peebles’ argument

03 – The chairperson and the presenter

04 – Keeping to time

05 – Attitude of audience towards presenter

06 – Presenting Limitations of Research at conference Talk

07 – Dealing with Accent

08 – Presenter Mistakes

09 – Not so expert audience with distracting laptops

010 – Powerpoint and Shakespeare

011 – Benefits of Presenting

012 – Pearls of presenter wisdom

013 – Three audience irritants

014 – Core Competitive Advantage

015 – Personal credibility

016 – Questions from experts and head hunters

017 – Presenting patents and formulas

018Sequencing the scientific talk

019 – Dancing around outputs and outcomes

020Telecom metaphor to excel in scientific presentations

021 – Presenting to a lay audience

022The TED presenter

023 – Speech synthesis and the presenter

024Speech synthesis and the ESL presenter

025 – Alternative Q&A techniques

026 – Comments dismissing your work

027 – Speech first computer second

028 – Convinced yes but of what?


Since each funcast is a little play with its actors. Here is the synopsis of each play.

001 – The virus helps create an audience but things get a little out of hand.

002 – The virus inattention, due to its inadequate anatomy, starts a battle of references.

003 – A chairperson is not a chair person – as the virus soon finds out.

004 – Time shuts the window, with a rather loud bang.

005 – The virus demonstrates culture in a gross sort of way.

006 – Prison cells have bars but bars don’t.

007 – Homophones create massive miscommunication between the host and the virus.

008 – The virus is accused of facilitating apoptosis.

009 -The live virus dreams of being a computer virus.

010 – It is a good thing our virus never played Hamlet on stage.

011 – The virus manages to send our host to the Pasteur institute for a rabies check.

012 – The virus creates a sobering limerick.

013 -A quiz on collective names leads to a lie.

014 – The competitive advantage of viruses may not apply to presenters.

015 – The host tries to stop our virus from spilling the beans.

016 – The virus supports women’s rights.

017 – The host turned psychologist exposes the virus’ freudian slip.

018 – The virus gets under the skin and into the delusional brain of the host.

019 – The virus outsmarts the host attempting to get rid of it.

020 – The virus masters the art of metaphoric language.

021 – The host upsets the text-to-speech agents and begs for mercy.

022 – The host is up and running… to save his hard disk.

023 – The Virus takes a back seat and plays second fiddle.

024 – The virus gives a lesson on cheese and pedantic knowledge.

025 – The virus calls on the Geneva Convention to protect its rights.

026 – The virus in Hollywood mentions the Virus oscar awards.

027 – The virus promotes unethical sponsoring.

028 – The virus believes it is in control of the host.

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