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.
Presentations aids appear in this guide about halfway through, and this is a deliberate placement. It is not until about halfway through the process of preparing to present, after the first few rehearsals, that you would need to think about them: earlier, and you risk ascribing far too much importance to them; later, and you might struggle to fit them seamlessly into your presentation. The ‘your’ in that last sentence is important: you are the only presentation aid you really need – anything else can be useful and stimulating, but not vital. It can be difficult to think of presentations in this way when we have all become used to slick-looking presentations through data projectors, but it is important that you do ...