Last week I gave a talk at the MIT Museum about the science of chocolate for their Kitchen Chemistry series, as well as a talk to one of the Harvard undergraduate houses. Thanks to several other deadlines around the same time, I found myself without much time to prepare. I viewed this as something like a 48-hour film challenge: how could I create an hour-long presentation about chocolate in two days? This post describes my development process.
I approached this challenge with my three-part strategy for preparing for other presentations about my research:
- Draw cartoons: pictures are far more effective than only words and equations
- Do experiments: showing is always better than telling
- Eat chocolate: not absolutely necessary, but it makes the process more enjoyable