Here are some questions to ask yourself if you want to do good research.
Key points to ponder:
- What have you done?
- What is the big theme of your research?
- How do the small pieces connect for a bigger thesis?
- Have you done one work which is cool? Why is it cool? or What is cool about it?
- How impactful is your research? Where can we apply the ideas?
- Do you have a plan? Do you know when will you be done with your research?
- What skills did you accumulate as part of your research efforts?
- Do not use too many jargons while explaining.
- How do you know you have done a good job? Experimental evaluation.
- How does your work fit into the big picture?
- Who has done what and where is the gap?
- How do you organize the literature?
- What is the scope of your research?
- Why the area of research is so cool?
- Have sufficient backup slides. I spent a lot of time on my backups.
- Keep to the flow. You may have to cut off a lot of interesting stuff. Sometimes, our mind does not allow us to do it. It may be cool to show it. I have done it and I want to talk about it. But, it just does not fit the flow. The right thing to do is to chop it off and move it to backup slides.
- Sometimes mentioning that “this is very interesting. yet, considering time, I will skim over…” might buy you more time to talk in detail 🙂
- Show lot of energy while talking.
- Golden rule: I think, above all, show confidence and joy while talking about your research. Rest will be automatically taken care of 🙂
These are not in any order. These are not exhaustive.