Presenting Science: A practical guide to giving a good talk

Paperback | January 9, 2010

byCigdem Issever, Ken Peach

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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 theoccasion, 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 goodpresentation, 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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'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 theoccasion, the aim is the same - to get the mess...

After completing her Ph.D in Dortmund, Germany, Cigdem Issever worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at University of California Santa Barbara, and as a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford before being appointed University Research Lecturer in 2007 with the University of Oxford. After completing his Ph.D. in Edinburgh, Ke...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:January 9, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199549095

ISBN - 13:9780199549092

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Structure of the Presentation3. Identifying the Context of the Presentation4. Style5. Preparation and Presentation6. Concluding RemarksAppendix A: Presenting Complicated Equations - A Worked ExampleAppendix B: Some Powerpoint TipsAppendix C: Meeting the Media

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"The authors manage to wrap potentially dry matter into amusing anecdotes and examples. The book will be especially well received by younger scientists, trying to learn about how to sell themselves well in talks they are giving throughout the beginning of their career. But also the more seniorreader will find interesting ideas." --Thomas Lohse, Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin, Germany