About Flash Talks
A flash talk is a short, clear, and compelling presentation. For each flash talk, please choose a topic or issue related to economics or policy that you think is interesting, noteworthy or important for the class to know about. Then prepare a short flash talk about it following the guidelines below and the instructions about the use of AI in the class rules. You'll need to turn in a PDF of the presentation the day before you give it.
Guidelines for Flash Talks:
- It should be about 4 minutes long. There will usually be time for one question.
- The first slide must have the title, your name, the date, an AI disclosure, and a one-sentence abstract.
- Apart from the title slide, allow 30-60 seconds per slide. Aim for 5-8 slides total.
- Slides should show not tell: they should be a visual complement to what you’re saying.
- Limit the use of bullet points and keep them short.
- No complete sentences apart from the abstract unless you really need an actual quote.
- No slides with just text (tables are OK – they don’t count as just text).
- No numbers that aren’t discussed in some way.
- Annotated figures and illustrations are very good.
- Sources should be given, either at the bottom of the page or in a separate page at the end.
- See the rubric on the assignment page for more details.
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Peter J Wilcoxen, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University