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How to Present at Meetings, 3rd Edition

How to Present at Meetings, 3rd Edition

George M. Hall, Neville Robinson

ISBN: 978-1-119-96212-0 February 2012 BMJ Books 106 Pages


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.

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

“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)