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Presenting Science: A practical guide to giving a good talk
     

Presenting Science: A practical guide to giving a good talk

by Cigdem Issever, Ken Peach
 

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ISBN-10: 0199549095

ISBN-13: 9780199549092

Pub. Date: 02/22/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

'Giving a talk' is one of the most important ways in which we communicate our research. The 'talk' covers everything from a ten-minute briefing on progress to a handful of colleagues, to a keynote address to a major international conference with more than a thousand delegates. Whatever the occasion, the aim is the same-to get the message across clearly and

Overview

'Giving a talk' is one of the most important ways in which we communicate our research. The 'talk' covers everything from a ten-minute briefing on progress to a handful of colleagues, to a keynote address to a major international conference with more than a thousand delegates. Whatever the occasion, the aim is the same-to get the message across clearly and effectively. At the same time, presentational skills are becoming more important in all walks of life-and presenting science has particular issues. Our aim is to equip the reader with the basic skills needed to make a good presentation, and our approach is pragmatic, not dogmatic. We emphasize five points:

The goal is to communicate the science to the audience.

The speaker is responsible for everything that appears (or not) on each slide.

The structure and appearance of the presentation are part of the communication process.

There is no standard way of doing things.

The style of the presentation should be consistent with the personality of the presenter.

Giving a good talk on science is a skill that can be learnt like any other: in this book we take the reader through the process of presenting science to a wide variety of audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199549092
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/22/2010
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Preparatory work 4

2.1 The audience 4

2.2 The structure of the event 5

2.3 The venue 5

2.4 Laptop, memory stick, plastic foils or chalk and talk? 6

2.5 What are the slides for? 7

2.6 Scoping the talk 9

2.7 The process of writing the talk 10

2.8 Summary 12

3 Structure of the presentation 13

3.1 The structure of the content 14

3.2 The backup slides 24

3.3 Summary 24

4 Identifying the context of the presentation 25

4.1 Some common contexts 26

4.2 Assessing the audience 38

4.3 Judging the Length of the presentation 40

4.4 Timing 41

4.5 Am I the first speaker, or the last speaker, or somewhere in the middle? 42

4.6 Summary 43

5 Style 44

5.1 Font 44

5.2 The frame 47

5.3 Bullets and boxes 58

5.4 Pictures, plots and tables 64

5.5 Animation 68

5.6 Equations 71

5.7 Posters 77

5.8 Visual aids and props 79

5.9 Summary 80

6 Preparation and presentation 82

6.1 Position, to audience 84

6.2 Voice and language 86

6.3 Microphones 86

6.4 Using the laser pointer 88

6.5 Dress code 90

6.6 Entertaining the audience-jokes and asides 90

6.7 Are you sitting comfortably? Dealing with nervousness 93

6.8 Rehearsal 95

6.9 Dealing with questions 97

6.10 Final remarks 101

7 Concluding remarks 102

Appendix A Presenting complicated equations-a worked example 104

Appendix B Some Power Point tips 111

B.1 Blanking out the screen 111

B.2 Running out of time 111

B.3 Saving space with pictures 112

B.4 PowerPoint and eduations 112

Appendix C Meeting the media 113

C.1 After a press release 114

C.2 The unsolicited contact 115

C.3 A final word on the media 116

Index 117

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