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Speaking about Science
A Manual for Creating Clear Presentations

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  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521683456

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  • Essential reading for professionals who present data at meetings and academic conferences. This is an important career skill for anyone in the sciences, and the book features step-by-step instruction for creating clear and compelling presentations, from structuring a talk and developing effective PowerPoint slides through delivery before an audience. Includes color examples of slides and posters from actual presentations, and field-tested methods for success behind the podium. Also contains tips on answering questions and strategies for handling media and job interviews. The authors are professional public speakers who teach presentation skills to scientists and medical researchers at the National Institutes of Health and in the private sector.

    • Practical - offers a roadmap for creating clear and engaging talks
    • Authors are professional public speakers who teach presentation skills to scientists at NIH
    • Color examples of Powerpoint slides and posters from actual presentations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Provide tips for getting through this stressful process...provide suggestions for formatting such talks...provide advice for beginning and ending a presentation, rehearsing it and fielding audience questions."
    ScienceNews

    "The book is attractively printed on glossy paper and the figures and pictures are well done. The book is suited well for a graduate student or inexperienced professional in clinical fields or molecular biology. It can be valuable to people who are thrust into their first presentation, job seminar, and job interview."
    Jimmy D. Winter, Ecology

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    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521683456
    • length: 138 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • contains: 32 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The basic problem with oral presentations - and its solution: writing vs. speaking, presentation structure: the hour glass format
    2. The first steps of preparation: finding the take home message, identifying the main question
    3. Selecting helpful images: the 'money slide', supporting slides, good slide, bad slide
    4. Beginning and ending the presentation: common ground, the place to start, the complete introduction, danger: introductory slides ahead, wrapping it up
    5. Titling the talk
    6. Delivery: stage fright, teaching vs. lecturing, three steps for presenting data, the mechanics of being heard, accents and mannerisms, what to rehearse
    7. Fielding questions: laying the groundwork for Q & A, Q & A basics, worst-case scenarios
    8. The job interview: what they will ask, radio science
    9. The media interview: the basics, getting ready, television interviews, follow-up
    10. Making clear posters: organizing a poster, conducting the session
    11. In closing
    Appendices.

  • Authors

    Scott Morgan, Premiere Public Speaking, Washington, DC
    The authors, Scott Morgan and Barrett Whitener, are professional public speakers and write from their extensive experience teaching speaking skills to scientists and medical researchers at the National Institutes of Health and in the private sector. The 7-step process they have designed is guaranteed to help readers become better speakers.

    Barrett Whitener, Premiere Public Speaking, Washington, DC

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