This book is aiming to respond to the following needs: - Many other presentation books on the market are aimed at people in business - this book is aimed specifically at postgraduate research students. - Undergraduate books in the area (such as the author's Palgrave book), do not cover the specifics of presenting at a postgraduate conference - this book does (including writing your abstract, submitting your paper, preparing your presentation and visual aids, speaking to your audience, handling questions). We have an older book which was aimed at this market from Kerry Shepard (2005) that sold nearly 1600 copies, so we could think of this as a replacement for that. - It will be the most up to date book that specifically deals with poster presentations, a very common form of presentation at academic conferences.


Working as part of a community is the lifeblood of academia and, indeed, of most commercial organisations. Although there will be times, perhaps most of your time, spent working alone on a project, if you cannot stand up and present your findings, in one form or another, you will struggle to achieve the intellectual and professional success which will allow you to move on to even more interesting projects. Being seen to present successfully is part of being successful in professional and academic settings alike; this is something you need to get right. This sounds a little dramatic, so for a moment I will consider with you what might be gained from presenting:

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