1st Edition

Speaking for Yourself A Guide for Students

By Robert Barrass Copyright 2006

    As a student, and in any profession based on your studies, you need good oral communication skills. It is therefore extremely important to develop your ability to converse, to discuss, to argue persuasively, and to speak in public. Speaking for Yourself provides clear, straightforward advice that will help you:

    • be a good listener
    • express yourself clearly and persuasively
    • contribute effectively to discussions
    • prepare talks or presentations
    • prepare effective visual aids
    • deliver effective presentations
    • perform well in interviews.

    In short, it will help you to express your thoughts clearly and persuasively – helping to achieve your short and medium-term goals as a student and your career goals.

    1. Speaking for yourself 2. Conversing 3. Discussing your work 4. The words you use 5. Your use of words 6. Preparing a talk or presentation 7. Instead of words (using visual aids) 8. Speaking to an audience 9. Finding information 10. Being interviewed



    Robert Barrass has many years experience of helping students on degree and diploma courses at the University of Sunderland to improve their writing and other key skills. His other highly successful books on key skills, also published by Routledge, include Students Must Write: A Guide to Better Writing in Coursework and Examinations and Study! A Guide to Effective Learning, Revision and Examination Techniques.

    'Every chapter explains very clearly the most appropriate steps and tasks to achieve good oral communication.' - Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, The Higher Education Academy