Friday, 23 May 2014 08:10

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

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Imagine this: The lights are dimmed, your first slide is up on the screen behind you, and you've just stood up to speak at your lab meeting, at a department seminar, or at a conference full of the leaders in your field. Can you give your presentation with confidence? Or does your heart pound and your hands sweat just imagining it?

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is more than a science fair on steroids, it is a whole different level of science festival. Think of Comic-Con, with all the costumes, celebrities only nerds know about, and the random off-the-charts-weirdos, then increase the level of geekiness tenfold and the number of people by three. Yep, that's about right: a gigantic gathering of people experiencing science and loving it!

To be the best, you have to learn from the best. And, what if you want access to the very best biology information on-demand? Easy—go to iBioSeminars.

It's a sad but inevitable truth: enthusiasm ebbs and flows, never consistent or unwavering. This holds true for many things in life, but to scientists this is most pertinent to our enthusiasm toward our projects. Whether you're a grad student or postdoc (and maybe even a PI), you have definitely gone through a period when you're simply tired of your project, don't want to read another word or article about the same-old topic, lack the motivation to do any experiments, and in short find anything related to your work off-putting and depressing. One good point to keep in mind: You're not alone having this feeling.