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Presenting science : a practical guide to giving a good talk

Author: Çiğdem İşsever; K J Peach
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"'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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Çiğdem İşsever; K J Peach
ISBN: 0199549087 9780199549085 0199549095 9780199549092
OCLC Number: 435730806
Description: x, 120 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1 Introduction --
2 Preparatory work --
2.1 The audience --
2.2 The structure of the event --
2.3 The venue --
2.4 Laptop, memory stick, plastic foils or chalk and talk? --
2.5 What are the slides for? --
2.6 Scoping the talk --
2.7 The process of writing the talk --
3 Structure of the presentation --
3.1 The structure of the content --
3.2 The backup slides --
4 Identifying the context of the presentation 25 --
Some common contexts --
4.2 Assessing the audience --
4.3 Judging the length of the presentation --
4.4 Timing --
4.5 Am I the first speaker, or the last speaker, or somewhere in the middle?--
5 Style --
5.1 Font --
5.2 The frame --
5.3 Bullets and boxes --
5.4 Pictures, plots and tables --
5.5 Animation --
5.6 Equations --
5.7 Posters --
5.8 Visual aids and props --
6 Preparation and presentation --
6.1 Position, to audience --
6.2 Voice and language --
6.3 Microphones --
6.4 Using the laser pointer --
6.5 Dress code --
6.6 Entertaining the audience-jokes and asides --
6.7 Are you sitting comfortably? Dealing with nervousness --
6.8 Rehearsal --
6.9 Dealing with questions --
6.10 Final remarks --
7 Concluding remarks --
Appendix A Presenting complicated equations-a worked example --
Appendix B Some Power Point tips --
B.1 Blanking out the screen --
B.2 Running out of time --
B.3 Saving space with pictures --
B.4 Power Point and equations --
Appendix C Meeting the media --
C.1 After a press release --
C.2 The unsolicited contact --
C.3 A final word on the media.
Responsibility: Çiğdem İşsever and Ken Peach.


Giving a good talk on science is a skill that can be learnt like any other, and in this book we take the reader through the process of preparing and presenting science to a wide variety of audiences,  Read more...
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It does offer many valuable pointers to help the reader objectively prepare and deliver presentations, develop the necessary soft skills and find the style that works for them. * Chemistry World * Read more...

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