For those of you with their WIP day coming up, or for those getting ready for their 3 minute thesis presentations, here is a handy post from The Thesis Whisperer (again) – Four Ways to Rock Your Next Talk.
The only thing I would add is: remember to breathe. I tend to rush when I get nervous, and I have to keep telling myself “slow it down and breathe”. The less deep breaths I take, the faster my voice gets shaky and the more nervous I get.
Also, remember you do not have to fit everything you know into your talk – just a few interesting and engaging aspects of your thesis usually works best. When practicing your talk, make sure it is short enough so you don’t have to deliver it at a cracking pace – the more you try to fit in the harder it is to relax.
Check out this great TED talk for an example of pacing your delivery.