Good presentation skills are key to a successful career in academia. This guide provides examples taken from real presentations given both by native and non-native academics covering a wide variety of disciplines.
The easy-to-follow guidelines and tips will teach you how to:
- plan, prepare and practice a well-organized, interesting presentation
- avoid errors in English by using short easy-to-say sentences
- improve your English pronunciation and intonation
- gain confidence, and overcome nerves and embarrassment
- highlight the essential points you want your audience to remember
- attract and retain audience attention
- deal with questions from the audience
This new edition contains several additional features, including stimulating factoids and discussion points both for self-study and in-class use. New chapters also cover:
- learning from talks on TED
- networking with potential collaborators, professors, fellow researchers
- interacting successfully with non-native audiences
EAP teachers will find this book to be a great source of tips for training students, and for preparing both instructive and entertaining lessons.
Other books in the series cover: writing research papers; English grammar, usage, and style; academic correspondence; interacting on campus; plus exercises books and a teacher's guide.
Please visit http://www.springer.com/series/13913 for a full list of titles in the series.
Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 30 ELT and EAP textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and academics from 35 countries to write research papers, prepare presentations, and communicate with editors, referees and fellow researchers.
Table of Contents
1. The importance of presentations.- 2. TED and learning from others.- 3. Why you should write out your speech.- 4. Writing the text of your slides.- 5. Visual Elements and Fonts.- 6. Ten ways to Begin a Presentation.- 7. Agenda and Transitions.- 8. Methodology.- 9. Results and Discussion.- 10. Conclusions.- 11. Questions and Answers.- 12. Attracting Audiences and Keeping their Attention.- 13. Handling your Nerves.- 14. Pronunciation and Intonation.- 15. Rehearsing and Self-assessment.- 16. Networking: Preparation for social events.- 17. Networking: Successful informal meetings.- 18. Posters.- 19. Advice for native English speakers on how to present at international conferences and run workshops.- 20. Useful Phrases