Your Committee And now, you have become an academic colleague!
When you practice the steps here, you will be one of the few new “doctors” who does not have a defense horror story. And it will shine forever bejeweled in your memory.
She recently wrote me, now years later, that she regrets to this day not following my advice.
Recognizing that both extremes are, well, extreme, I developed a list of suggestions for clients for a good final defense.
Most universities require a final doctoral defense of your precious work. A friend of mine was obviously pregnant at her defense. In my work as consultant and coach to dissertation writers, I have often noticed that most candidates are petrified of the defense and either overdo it or try to underplay it.
Almost everyone who has a doctorate has a final defense story. After she successfully passed, her chair, staring at her bulk, informed her with a tone of incontrovertibility that her entire graduate education had been a “waste.” Outrageous, I know. Later, with two kids, she became an award-winning professor at Brandeis. They imagine the committee asking impossible questions, like a detailed explanation of their statistical involutions, or asking “fluff” questions, like the student’s opinion of the university cafeteria food.
A free Power Point PPT presentation (displayed as a Flash slide show) on.
Written, you should create a Power Point presentation to use during your talk. Good Dissertation Presentation will help make a strong case for a good mark.
Often they are the worst horror stories one can imagine, short of a bedroom intruder, and emblazoned on the mind of the teller forever. My defense was a little less dramatic but no less discomfiting. Many candidates either spend every possible moment cramming, and risk predefense burnout, or avoid preparation entirely.
During the two hours of grilling and false camaraderie, my right foot fell asleep. A fellow student in my doctoral cohort, by far the most brilliant of us all, felt he did so poorly at his defense that he cancelled a long-planned prepaid vacation to Scandinavia with his fiancée. My client James started preparing before he had even completed his data collection.