Presentation Skills for Students

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Presentation Skills for Students is a guide to the most transferable of all student skills: presenting a case clearly and confidently. This highly valued ability will help you to achieve success in your academic life and future career

The second edition has been updated to reflect developments in technology, including the latest visual aids the internet and social networking. The chapter on job searches and interview techniques has also been ...

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Overview

Presentation Skills for Students is a guide to the most transferable of all student skills: presenting a case clearly and confidently. This highly valued ability will help you to achieve success in your academic life and future career

The second edition has been updated to reflect developments in technology, including the latest visual aids the internet and social networking. The chapter on job searches and interview techniques has also been expanded and thoroughly updated to offer the best current advice.

Regular checklists, examples and illustrations make this indispensable guide entertaining and easy to follow.

This book can help you with:

speaking at a seminar

giving a formal presentation

making the most of your voice and body language

representing other students on committees

standing at student elections

speaking at and chairing a meeting

succeeding at an interview

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviews of the 1st edition:

"This is a really useful book for students and lecturers with helpful links and reminders of how to present oneself and subject material in a range of situations. I shall recommend to all my students." —Department of Environment Studies, The University of Hull at Scarborough, UK

"Very useful. Split into easy to understand chapters." —Department of Humanities, South Tyneside College, UK
 
"Enables students to have a clear understanding of the needs for seminar presentations. Sections 3 and 4 are very good." —Education Department, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

"Well laid out, very user friendly." —Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University, UK

"What a lovely informative book. The subject should have broad appeal to students in general as well as those in health care." —School of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230243040
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Palgrave Study Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

JOAN VAN EMDEN was Director of the Jove Centre, a consultancy specializing in technical writing and presentations. She was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading, speaking regularly at conferences. She has written a number of books about communication issues.

LUCINDA BECKER is Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading within Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Management. She is also a professional trainer, developing and delivering courses in communication, presentation, management techniques and job-searching skills. She is the author of The Mature Student's Handbook and 14 Days to Exam Success.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Personal Development: Speaking to an Audience 1

2 Delivery, Non-verbal Communication and Nerves 5

Using your voice 6

Using silence 18

Listening to voices 21

Using NVC 21

Nerves 30

3 Choosing and Using Visual Aids 34

Advantages of visual aids 34

Using visual aids 35

Visual aid equipment 44

Handouts 53

Prototypes and demonstrations 55

Poster presentations 57

Computer demonstrations 59

4 Speaking as Part of Your Course 62

Seminar papers 63

Tutorials 68

Presentations 69

Vivas 82

5 Speaking as Part of a Group 85

Forming a group 85

The venue 94

Organising the group 95

Structuring the presentation 96

Rehearsals 98

Answering questions 100

6 Speaking as a Student Representative 104

Choosing to stand 104

Open meetings 107

Committee meetings 108

High-level committees 111

Open days 114

Talking to new students 116

7 Speaking at Elections and Meetings 118

Election to office 118

Speaking to the press 121

Speaking at meetings 122

Chairing meetings 124

Public meetings 132

8 Job Searches and Job Interviews 134

Using the telephone for a job search 134

Careers fairs 137

Telephone interviews 138

Facebook checking 140

First interview 141

Second interview 144

Further Reading 151

Index 152

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