I hope the thoughts will be somewhat helpful or comforting for all those shivering Ph D candidates yet to come. No one in the world has recently spent so much time as you on this specific topic. How can you possibly deliver a speech that will reach them all? Tell a story: what was the problem, what did you do, and what did you find that contributes to research and practice (repeat if several papers). In general, talk more if you’re confident, be brief when you’re on thin ice (this is much more tricky than it sounds like! Finally, the Ph D defense is not meant to be a walk in the park.
My first post as a fresh Doctor in Operations Management will be my reflections on giving the defense. Probably, your public defense draws a rare mix of friends, family, expert colleagues, other Ph D candidates and wild-card walk-ins. (tweak it into something you’ve prepared to answer)”. Examples come with the additional benefit of being interesting for the audience.
During a defense, a student will be asked questions by members of the thesis committee.
Questions are usually open-ended and require that the student think critically about his or her work.
I was not awesome (to put it mildly) at the oral defence portion of my comprehensive exams, and I’ve had at least one job interview where I bumbled questions like a nervous wreck. (Caveat: I’m in the humanities, so this advice might not exactly apply to people in other fields.
You know what the deal is in your discipline, so adapt as necessary.) 1.If every escape is blocked, and you painted yourself into a corner, you “get a free life” by simply admitting “I don’t know the answer to that question”.But note; this last-resort-option can only be used once, so save it carefully .Instead, a proper thesis defense gives you and your faculty advisers the chance to discuss your topic and research in greater detail. One thing’s for sure; I’ve got respect for the process. Your supervisor has found your thesis worthy to be defended. There will be a few really tough questions, and it can therefore be good to know of a few “life savers”.Once students submit their theses papers to the thesis committee, they will be assigned a date to defend their work.In this case, "defend" does not imply that a student will have to argue aggressively about his or her work.Students work with a faculty committee or adviser on a close basis to make sure that the research stays on schedule.Depending on the level of degree, a thesis paper can be extremely complex.The committee wants to see how well you know your subject and your research.Nerves may get the better of you as you face unknown questions, but as with a job interview, practicing ahead of time will lead to a successful defense.