Peer-reviewed journal articles are probably the most well known medium for scientific communication, but oral and/or graphically presented material can be just as important. How much importance was put on sound oral communication skills in your undergraduate or graduate careers? Were there specific courses to teach public speaking, poster presentation, etc? Were you required to regularly speak/present in front of large groups of people? Did you find this type of training worthwhile/necessary, do you wish you had more? Does your current job require good presentation skills? I'm looking for some serious comments on any or all of these issues (well a few jokes would be OK ).