3 Minute research project (3MRP) Competition Ramona Mellott, Dean, Graduate College Kevin Ketchner, Research Librarian, Cline Library Summer Dio, Library Specialist, Cline Library Brant Short, Professor, School of Communication John Masserini, Associate Dean, Graduate College Kurt Lancaster, Associate Professor, School of Communication
30 3MRP Training and Resources Funding? • FINAL COMPETITION- ApRIL16 (3:00-5:30 PM) Judges?
3MRP will Focus on…. • Your problem statement related to your research • The impact and the benefits and impact this research has for the public, especially if they have helped pay for it. • Your ability to communicate to intelligent people outside of your area of study. • Using language that is jargon-free and understandable • Helping you in other professional arenas including job interviews. • Having fun through it all!!!!
What NOT to DO • No costumes or props • No slide transitions • Avoid Muttering or “ums, “ahs,” and “ers” • No looking at the floor • No sex, religion, or politics • No hands in your pockets or hypergesticulation You’ve only got three minutes – make every second count!
Presentation Success • Simple • “The purpose of my research is…” • Why did I start this research? • Beginning, Middle, End • Unexpected • Tell us something interesting about your research • Concrete • Is there a visual metaphor to capture the essence • Credible • Emotional • Can you link your research to a human interest element, current issues or self-interest of the audience? • What’s in it for me? • Oh, how sad! • Convey passion for your work • Story • Can you use a story to build curiosity about your research, with • characters, • a beginning, middle and end, and • a change/transformation
Winning the 3MRP Presentations • Understand the target groups • Audience • Curiosity • Understanding of WHY • Judges • Clear thinking & communication • Respect for complexity of research • Implications of research • Understand the task 3MRPConference/Lecture Core idea Breadth, depth Significance Method, Results Lay language Scientific jargon No Data Analysis, Data Schema in mind Organize in PPT • Practice, Get Feedback, Practice, Practice, Practice! • Presentation Style • Voice: Vary tone, Pause, Project • Body: Eye Contact, Gesture and Move Intentionally
Research assistance from specialized research librarians Access to videotaping and editing equipment and software Access to practice rooms Assistance with single presentation slide Presentation feedback and critique from librarians Cline Library Resources You’re not in it alone!
Oral Communication • Use voice and body to transmit information • Voice • Vary tone • Pause • Project • Body • Eye Contact • Gestures • Write for a non-specialist audience • Use shorter words, sentences, and paragraphs • Choose active verbs over passive verbs • Avoid jargon and acronyms • Explain unknown concepts • Think about rhythm and pacing • Warm up your vocal cords!
Overcoming Performance Anxiety • Mental • Acknowledge the facts • What is your focus? • What are your fears? • Where is your perspective? • Physical • When do you do your best? • How do you relax? • What are you putting into your body? • How are you preparing? • Practice • Recreate the situation • Establish a routine • Record yourself and critique
Evaluation Criteria • Communication Style • Was the topic and its significance communicated in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? • Comprehension • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research? • Engagement • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
Timelines • March 2014 • Schedule time in The Studios and with Research Librarian • Practice, practice, practice • Create Slide • Record Presentation • April 2014 • Practice • Finalize Slide • Finalize Presentation • Record Finalized Presentation April 8 Slide DUE April 10 Preliminary Heat, Group I April 14 Preliminary Heat, Group II April 16 Final Presentation and Reception
The Slide • Less is more! • Is there one image or diagram that can help explain your project? • Personal touches can be effective • Title can be a question or your actual title
Additional Resources • Website • http://nau.edu/3MRP • Cline Library • Schedule an Appointment for Research Assistance • The Studios • Request Studios Assistance • Examples of Presentations • University of British Columbia • University of Melburne • University of Queensland • University of Western Australia • Helpful Hints and Tips • Making the Most of Your 3 Minutes • Communicating Your Research in Lay Language • www.bulletproofmusician.com • www.davidleisner.com
The Takeaway!!! • Make every second of your 3 minutes count!!! • Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!!! • Practice, Practice, Practice!!!