Presenting your ideas
Q1: "How do you manage the anxiety that comes with sharing your ideas in public?"
#trynagrad a1: i will openly admit that this isn't easy, but i actively practice gratitude for being in a space where my ideas matter. i also remind myself that i do have good ideas + sharing them contributes to something greater than me. this restores my confidence. https://t.co/oWCXgvFs4j— taylor (@bloomwithtaylor) March 5, 2018
If it is an internal meeting: I am quick to admit when I don’t know something and am always open to listening to suggestions.— T’Hendy (@thehenman_12) March 5, 2018
Externally: grab some lab mates and get them to grill you with questions so that you can be prepared for questions. And let: never lie. #trynagrad https://t.co/gac99N2eFc
I make sure I practice what I'm going to say before seminars and lab meetings.— Angry Black Woman Getting Her PhD (@AngBlkWmnGtgPhD) March 5, 2018
A1: I definitely let everyone else talk first. I like to gauge where there is emphasis on conversations. In tech, everyone tends to be a SME (subject matter expert) and have knowledge of other areas as well. I always find a way to tie in forensics because it relates to EVERYTHING— oso miel⚡️🇵🇦 (@thedrdom) March 5, 2018
Q2: "What are some things that you do to prepare for your graduate seminars?"
#trynagrad a2: i realistically plan the amount of time in between classes that i will dedicate to engaging further in the material and follow through. i am also an avidddd note taker because writing things out gives them dimension. this helps me feel well-prepared. https://t.co/UBO4PRsu6u— taylor (@bloomwithtaylor) March 5, 2018
I write down what I'm going to at under each slide and I practice what I'm going to point at. I practice at least 6 times.— Angry Black Woman Getting Her PhD (@AngBlkWmnGtgPhD) March 5, 2018
A2: I used to try to read ahead which worked but I was lazy too. I'm a conversationalist in class. I ask questions to professors and those most vocal in the class because they tend to have a lot of experience behind them (hence their confidence).— oso miel⚡️🇵🇦 (@thedrdom) March 5, 2018
Q3: "What advice would you give to someone who's afraid to speak up in class?"
A3: I tell people to buddy up with those who have confidence in class. It's easy to learn from them. It also sparks conversation which often leads to going home to research other things more. It literally makes you smarter.— oso miel⚡️🇵🇦 (@thedrdom) March 5, 2018
I can just say, read over the lectures before hand and try to have a list of questions. Ask one of those questions if they are still available or make sure you speak up first.— Angry Black Woman Getting Her PhD (@AngBlkWmnGtgPhD) March 5, 2018
A3. This is a great question! I tell my students all the time that communicating in class is the only way you can get the most out of the money you’re paying — I also encourage them to be themselves when speaking on topics & not “put on aires” b/c WHY? Be you.— Professor C (@kalyncoghill) March 5, 2018
#trynagrad a3: thinking of a way to connect to the material allows you to fully digest it. you can't be wrong when interpreting your understanding, so you should go for it, because once you connect and share, you provide necessary context. https://t.co/aBLBiHj71M— taylor (@bloomwithtaylor) March 5, 2018
Q4: "How did you learn about the different conferences in your field?"
MY MENTORS! My first major conference presentation was a panel two of my PhDivas (that’s what I call them) invited me to participate in. I ask them about their conference rotation, when to present, and when to just be a face in the place. #TrynaGrad https://t.co/gp724e2Ofg— Books and Boujee (@AmbreLynae) March 5, 2018
We get emails at our university and also through my advisor.— Angry Black Woman Getting Her PhD (@AngBlkWmnGtgPhD) March 5, 2018
A4: I was recommended by professors to check out certain conferences which led me to networking at other conferences and workshops. I only needed to attend one which opened my networking skills A TON.— oso miel⚡️🇵🇦 (@thedrdom) March 5, 2018
Q5: "What tips would you give for writing a conference paper?"
Q5: KISS: keep it simple, stupid. Remember conference papers are often broad brushstrokes of a more complex idea, & people need more intro than you might think. One double spaced page takes about 2.5 minutes to read. Go under time not over if possible. Writing on the plane is OK!— Literature Lady (@Literature_Lady) March 5, 2018
A5: I would advise to check 3-4 scholarly outlets to see what work has been done in the field. Find something that hasn't been worked in as much. If your paper is in an area that is heavily research, try to take an alternate approach or better the previous attempts.— oso miel⚡️🇵🇦 (@thedrdom) March 5, 2018
Q6: "What advice would you give for presenting at an academic conference?"
#trynagrad #a6: plan. plan. plan. prep yourself and regularly engage with the content. organize your work in a way that allows you to easily connect with the people you'll be speaking to. this alleviates pressure while also making sure that you're well-read on the information. https://t.co/SKRq42NxtV— taylor (@bloomwithtaylor) March 5, 2018
A6: practice your presentation on 2 people that don't know the topic at hand well. Review notes up until the last 30mins before presenting. Make a fire playlist that will keep you relaxed. Post presentation celebrate and debrief the next business day. #TrynaGrad— The Techie (@The_Mystery_One) March 5, 2018
Read slow. Remember you know this better any anyone there and most people are nice. Go out for drinks afterwards.— Literature Lady (@Literature_Lady) March 5, 2018
Bonus: "What are some strategies for handling feedback on your work/ideas?"
Remember everything is a suggestion. think bout what’s non-negotiable for ur voice being in your work. Having a white advisor I get push back about things he will never know how to articulate & I remind him it’s important to me so it stays but how Can I explain better. #TrynaGrad https://t.co/H0OzlM7UNs— Cerebral Homegirl (@ricansaruhh) March 5, 2018
First off, don’t take the comments personally. Second, some advice I received, especially if you get written comments back, is to look at them, then take a day or two off, then come back and look at them again. Then revise your work as necessary. #TrynaGrad. https://t.co/WGvf3U9JaU— Shuri’s Collaborator, PhD (@jazzorion) March 5, 2018
Say, thank you and write down what is being said. Also, don't take the constructive criticism personally, they are helping you improve your research. If they didn't care they wouldn't say anything.— Angry Black Woman Getting Her PhD (@AngBlkWmnGtgPhD) March 5, 2018
BONUS: We all struggle with something in our papers, even our profs. More feedback actually means they care even if it isn't all positive. Remember that even your worst paper sounds better than what most people can write. Know your profs are experts but aren't always right either— Literature Lady (@Literature_Lady) March 5, 2018
BONUS: Not all feedback has to be considered. Take what you need and disregard what you don’t.— Professor C (@kalyncoghill) March 5, 2018