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.

Conference Paper or Presentation?

The level of engagement with the material required of a conference presenter can vary hugely from one event to another. You may have noticed that I have been referring in this guide to your ‘paper or presentation’, and this is because either of these might be required of you. ‘Giving a paper’ once meant just that: an academic sitting down in a room with an audience listening as the paper was read aloud. No eye contact was required and no questions or other interventions would be expected until silence fell at the end of the paper reading. I have suggested here that this was the way things were done in the past, but this could still be the case if, ...

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