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How to Present at Meetings, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-65458-3
106 pages
December 2011, BMJ Books
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Does the thought of presenting a paper make you go cold? There are so many things to consider: getting your message across clearly, making the PowerPoint easy to read, keeping to the right length and keeping the audience riveted – enough to induce nerves even without the thought of standing up in front of a crowd  and delivering your talk fluently. How to Present at Meetings, 3rd Edition, gives you practical advice on all these aspects, and more. Written by high-profile public speakers in the health sciences, it includes chapters on the 10-, 20- and 45-minute presentation, how not to make a mess of PowerPoint, and how to appear on stage.
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Table of Contents

List of contributors, vii

Preface to the third edition, ix

Preface to the second edition, xi

Preface to the first edition, xiii

Foreword:Wogan's wisdom: how to ‘read’ an audience, xv
Sir Terry Wogan

Chapter 1: Principles of communication, 1
Angela Hall and Peter McCrorie

Chapter 2: Preparation of the talk, 9
Mal Morgan and George M. Hall

Chapter 3: The three talks, 17
Mal Morgan and George M. Hall

Chapter 4: Visual aids, 25
George M. Hall

Chapter 5: Poster displays, 35
Philip M. Sedgwick

Chapter 6: Data projection software: the hard facts, 41
William Harrop-Griffiths

Chapter 7: How to appear on stage, 51
Alan Maryon-Davis

Chapter 8: How to sell a message, 57
Martin Godfrey

Chapter 9: How to present a talk, 63
Charlotte Green

Chapter 10: How to deal with questions, 67
Sir Alexander Macara

Chapter 11: How not to give a presentation, 75
Richard Smith

Chapter 12: How to chair a session, 81
Roger Horton

Index, 87

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“The experienced speaker can get away with ignoring some of the points suggested, but this is a book that should be read by everyone called upon to give a talk and I cannot recommend it too highly.”  (Chromatographia, 1 August 2013)


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