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
     
 

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

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'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 emphasise four points:

- The goal is to communicate the science to the audience.
- The speaker is responsible for everything that appears, and does not appear, on each slide.
- The structure and appearance of the presentation are part of the communication process.
- There is no standard way of doing things.

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.

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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
2. Structure of the Presentation
3. Identifying the Context of the Presentation
4. Style
5. Preparation and Presentation
6. Concluding Remarks
Appendix A: Presenting Complicated Equations - A Worked Example
Appendix B: Some Powerpoint Tips
Appendix C: Meeting the Media

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