Speaking: Use the Narrative Arc

Use a gradient of intensity within each segment you present. If you wrote it out as a linear outline, each idea in your talk might have: (1) an introduction to the idea; (2) a high-level overview of the idea; (3) the technical details; (4) an example that brings the technical details together (this is the most exciting part!); (5) a conclusion that wraps up why this is exciting, how it works, and what people learned.

 

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Hilary Mason

Hilary is a Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners. She is also a Scientist Emeritus at bitly, co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor.

Previously, Hilary served as Chief Data Scientist for bitly. She also served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

Additionally, Hilary currently serves as an advisor to several NY startups including knod.es, collective[i], MortarData as well as DataKind, a non-profit that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations. She has served as a mentor to Betaspring, the Providence Rhode Island-based start up accelerator, and TechStars New York. Hilary earned her BA in Computer Science from Grinnell College.

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