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.

Delivering your Material

My intention in the last chapter was to offer you a process by which you could deliver a workable presentation, a step-by-step system which you could work through as you prepare to present. This chapter is a little different. Even if you read it through several times, you would not be able to put all of its points into practice straight away. Presenting with impact is a cumulative process, one which you will develop over time, so as we go through this chapter you could pick out just one or two things at a time, get into the habit of presenting with those techniques, and then return here again once they are mastered, ready to try out the next technique. You ...

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