Time constraints and the audiences’ needs and interests may require a tightly focused and limited message. To create a Conference tailored research paper, you might want to set everything aside and create a brand new document, look at it as a fresh look at your research!!
Some basic points to follow here are mainly citing the sources and organizing the structure of the paper.
Since your conference paper will be part of an oral presentation, there are special considerations for citations.
Not only you need to use verbal cues for setting up your evidence and quotations from the paper, you need to include proper citations when presenting. For example, you can say: “As Nietzsche said, quote, ‘And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you,’ end quote.” You can signal quotations through the inflection of your voice or with strategic pauses as well, but it is very important to clarify what the quotes are throughout your presentation.
Organizing a paper can be done in various ways usually following a general guideline. However what you need to do as a presenter is to have a focused message that also fits with the time constraints and meets the needs of the audience. You can begin by connecting your research to the audience’s concerns, then share a few examples/case studies from your research, and then, in conclusion, broaden the discussion back out to general issues in the field. This format often works out the best as many suggest. Do not confuse the audience by providing unnecessary data. Select main points and provide examples to support those points. Alternatively, you might focus on one main idea or case study and use 2-4 examples to explain it. Make sure your ideas are clear and well thought through before presenting. You can read the paper loud to yourself. Help listeners understand your ideas by making sure that subjects and verbs are clear and by avoiding unnecessarily complex sentences.
Let’s see how we can state several points at once and how to connect two ideas. For connecting ideas make sure you use transitions such as moreover, meanwhile, in addition etc. If you have 5 main points, say so at the beginning and list those 5 ideas. Refer back to this structure frequently as you transition between sections (“Now, I will discuss my fourth point, the …”).
Use a phrase like “I argue” to announce your thesis statement/ main goal of the research. Be sure that there is only one of these phrases—otherwise your audience will be confused about your central message.
Refer back to the structure, and signal moments where you are transitioning to a new topic: “I just talked about x, now I’m going to talk about y.”
These are very basic and to some obvious points which we should follow throughout a presentation if we are looking for an effective and tailored style of presenting. There is so much we can do from body language, to use of visuals and even at times conference related equipment. But for all styles the key point is to keep it clear and interesting. Your presentation should be a stage where future collaborations and research spark up, it is not solely a showcase of your work.
The written text is only one side of the overall conference paper. The other aspect is the presentation itself. This means that your audience will evaluate both your work and you. Thus, remember to deliver the appropriate level of professionalism.