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HOW TO MAKE A LIGHTNING TALK
A lightning talk is a concise, oral presentation. Lightning talks usually last 3-5 minutes and are most commonly made using a series of PowerPoint slides. The best lightning talks tell a simple story - What motivated your project? What did you do? What did you find? Why does it matter? As you can imagine, there is very little time to discuss the details of your research experience. Instead, think about the big picture! Each conference or symposium will have specific guidelines for how long a lightning talk should be and how it should be delivered. It is important to keep these guidelines in mind when creating your presentation.
Who is your audience? Adjust the presentation so that it is understandable by the folks who are listening. It is usually best to avoid jargon and technical terms unless you know that your audience will recognize those words.
What Does a Lightning Talk Typically Include?