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 your Material

This chapter is all about planning: why to do it, how to do it and how to make the most of it. The very first thing we need to do is to establish whether you are a natural planner or not. Think about next weekend: will you have a list of things to do? Think about your last food shopping trip: did you have a firm shopping list? Think about your dream holiday: would you know in advance what you wanted to see and do on most of the days, even before you got there? If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions then you probably are a natural-born planner. These may not be written lists of plans: extremely organised people can ...

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