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.
With the prospect of a paper or presentation looming it is tempting to plan to keep your head down and get through the Q & A session as quickly and easily as possible. This approach might be alluring, but it is a mistake, as I hope you will discover in this chapter.
Throughout this guide I have tended to use the term ‘Q & A’, standing for ‘Question and Answer’, but this is not always the case. There are events where there is no Q & A session, or it might be that you will be sharing a Q & A session with speakers who gave papers or presentations before or after you. If you are giving a group presentation you might each ...