I have a PhD defence ahead and trying different ways to improve my presentation. I will be expected to present conclusions (long and hard to follow sentences on a slide) and implications (to show that my work has an impact for the field/current practice).

My idea is to combine these two, meaning that I will present conclusions and implications together. Is there a single word for "conlusions-implications"?

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    I'd say "implications" refers to a subset of "conclusions" in your context anyway, so you could just drop the word completely if you need a single-word title for the final section of your presentation. Bear in mind that it's only your personal opinion / conclusion that the implications of your presentation have an impact on the field. Your audience may infer their own completely different implications (such as "This guy is well out of his depth!", for all I know. :) Oct 5, 2021 at 14:47
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    If your examiners expect you to present conclusions and implications then present them with conclusions and implications. Trying to get smart, in the way you propose, at this end of your 3(?)-year search for a PhD will not win you any extra credit and there is a small chance that it will confuse your examiners. Do you feel that lucky? Oct 5, 2021 at 15:06
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    The only reason I can see to combine the two is to attempt to cover up a perceived flaw: maybe you can’t decide what are conclusions and what are implications. Or may not enough of one or the other. I’d sort that out and then follow the template.
    – Jim
    Oct 5, 2021 at 17:13
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    "Long and hard to follow sentences on a slide" are yours for the fixing. Slides are not the place for the wording of your conclusions, but anchors for the audience to stare at while you expand and expound on the telegraph text. If you need to differentiate between conclusions and implications, one is a direct summation of your research, while the other is indirect—answering such questions as "So What?" and "Where do we go from here?". Oct 5, 2021 at 17:31
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    Excellent question for your advisor. Not likely to get a relevant answer here.
    – jimm101
    Oct 5, 2021 at 18:47


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