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.

Making the Most of the Presentation Opportunity

Mastering the art of giving an impressive paper or presentation has necessarily filled most of the space in this guide, but it would be remiss of me not to mention the next stage in your development as a successful speaker: seeing beyond the immediate challenge so as to be able to take advantage of the wider opportunity opening up to you.

Look to the Long Term

Having already mentioned publishing to you in the form of a journal article, it is also worth keeping in mind that a presentation event is a useful place to hear about other people's plans. You might, for example, learn about a forthcoming collection of essays which is to be published and for which ...

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