Giving Professional Presentations in the Behavioral Sciences and Related Fields

A Practical Guide for Novice, the Nervous and the Nonchalant

By Michael J. Platow

© 2003 – Psychology Press

96 pages

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Paperback: 9781841690605
pub: 2002-09-20
Hardback: 9781841690599
pub: 2002-09-27

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About the Book

Gives concrete advice about designing, delivering, and defending presentations, and is written specifically for students and professionals who have little or no experience of giving presentations.


"This is a very comforting book for someone with a fear of speaking because it provides a clear set of guidelines to follow, while at the same time reminding others that there IS something to do to prepare for a talk other than just showing up!" -- Elizabeth J. Marsh, Washington University

"This book is clearly written and fills an important gap in the market. I sincerely hope that it will spur people to think again about how they should best get their message across." -- Jamie Ward, University College London

Table of Contents

Introduction. Chapter 1. Design: Preparing Your Presentation. Planning Your Presentation. Making Overheads and Slides. Working With Powerpoint. Making Graphs. Using Handouts. Chapter 2. Delivery: Presenting Your Work. Before Beginning. Speaking to People. Stage Fright. Chapter 3. Defence: Answering Questions and Defending Your Work. Anticipate Questions Before Your Presentation. Listen to Your Audience. Maintain Control Over Your Audience. Practice Your Presentation Multiple Times, Out Loud, With an Overhead, Slide or Powerpoint Projector. Chapter 4. Persuasion: On Being More Influential. On the Social Psychology of Social Influence. Social Influence and Power Tactics. Chapter 5. Pedagogy: Some Comments on Teaching Students. Classroom Lecturing Requires the Same Professionalism as Other Presentations. Chapter 6. Prototypes: Examples of Good and Bad Overheads and Slides. References.

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