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.

Preparing an Abstract/Outline/Synopsis

What is an Abstract/Outline/Synopsis?

When ‘calls for papers’ come out, potential speakers are usually asked to submit a proposal, which is effectively a sales pitch for their paper. Sometimes the term proposal is used, but the other terms used in the title of this chapter are equally common. Your own discipline might use one term or another as a preference, but the requirements relating to each are broadly similar.

Top Tip

If you are planning to give a group presentation, it is usually easiest for one person to produce an abstract, outline or synopsis, bringing together a vision which has been produced from the initial collaborative talks and plans. It is a good way to test whether you all share the same idea about ...

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