Dazzle 'Em with Style The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation

ISBN-10: 0123694523

ISBN-13: 9780123694522

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

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Description: Mastering the art of communicating scientific information is more critical than ever for a successful career in science and technology. Scientists today must be able to effectively convey sophisticated information to a broad audience that may include students, colleagues around the world, regulatory bodies, granting agencies, legislators, and the lay public. In this engaging and lively book, the author provides a step-by-step guide to the complete process of making a scientific presentation from preparation to delivery. It offers numerous examples highlighting what to follow and what to avoid. This revised edition covers the effective use of PowerPoint and other computer-based presentation programs. It also includes a handy checklist, new illustrations, and tips on handling an audience in a foreign country.

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Preparing a Scientific Presentation
Identify Your Audience
Scheduling Your Presentation
Structure Your Material
Know Your Stuff
Rehearse
Prepare-Then Relax
Be Professional and Gracious
Expectations of Your Hosts
Dress Appropriately
Important Points to Remember
The Structure of a Scientific Presentation
The Title: Information in a Nutshell
Context and Perspective: Zooming In
Zooming in from a Major Overarching Principle
Zooming in from a Historical Perspective
Telling a Story
The Importance of a Central Focus
Constructing the Plot
Providing Focus by Constructing a Hierarchical Series of Questions
Mainstream and Sidetracks
Providing Emphasis on a Topic by Relative Time Spent Discussing It
Different Perspectives for Different Audiences
Avoid Backtracking
Formulation and Argumentation
Avoid Jargon
Express Yourself Precisely
Handling Disagreement Graciously
Recognize Limitations Up-front
The Conclusion: Brief and to the Point
Incorporating Future Directions During Interviews
Never Go Overtime
Some Basic Principles of How to Structure a Presentation
Important Points to Remember
Visual Displays: How to (and Not to) Use Them
The Power of PowerPoint
Keeping It Clear and Simple
Tables, Graphs, Diagrams, and Text
Communicating Complexity
The Dangers of PowerPoint
Simplicity Is Classy
Internet Access
Compatibility and Backup
Video, Audio, and Props
Handouts
The Old-Fashioned Blackboard
Poster Presentation: The Young Scientist's Debut Performance
Keep It User-Friendly and Simple
Interacting with Poster Viewers
Important Points to Remember
Delivery
Voice Control and Eye Contact
Challenges for Nonnative English Speakers
Speak Up
Effective Use of the Stress Position
Avoid the Rising Intonation
Slow Down
Breaking the Monotony
Repetition
The Power of Silence
Eye Contact
Posture and Gestures
Enthusiasm: The Indispensable Ingredient
Answering Questions
Dealing with Unexpected Questions
Evaluating the Critics: How Did You Really Do?
Important Points to Remember
Checklist for Presentations
Evaluation Form
Index
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