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 to Present

There are two approaches to presentation preparation which might be tempting, but rarely work. The first is to learn a script off by heart, word for word, and then try to replicate that script on the day. There are a couple of reasons why this is likely to fail: first, you will have written, to some extent, in formal language which sounds strange when you use it in a speaking situation. Second, if you once lose your place you will struggle to find a way back to the memorised script; this can be disastrous.

I recently gave a presentation at a prestigious event alongside an academic who I have always admired. He told me with great confidence the night before the presentations ...

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