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Author Wallwork, Adrian.
Title English for presentations at international conferences / Adrian Wallwork.
Imprint New York : Springer, 2010.

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Author Wallwork, Adrian.
Subject English language -- Usage -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Public speaking.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 179 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note continued: 3.1. Understand the critical importance of correct pronunciation -- 3.2. Find out the correct pronunciation -- 3.3. Learn any irregular pronunciations -- 3.4. Be very careful of English technical words that also exist in your language -- 3.5. Practice the pronunciation of key words that have no synonyms -- 3.6. Be careful of -ed endings -- 3.7. Enunciate numbers very clearly -- 3.8. Avoid er, erm, ah -- 3.9. Use your normal speaking voice -- 3.10. Help the audience to tune in to your accent -- 3.11. Don't speak too fast or too much -- 3.12. Mark up your script and then practice reading it aloud -- 3.13. Use synonyms for words on your slides that you cannot pronounce -- 3.14. Use stress to highlight the key words -- 3.15. Vary your voice and speed -- 3.16. Sound interested -- 4. Practice and Learn from Other People's Presentations -- 4.1. Use your notes -- 4.2. Vary the parts you practice -- 4.3. Practice your position relative to the screen -- 4.4. Don't sit. Stand and move around -- 4.5. Use your hands -- 4.6. Have an expressive face and smile -- 4.7. Learn how to be self-critical: practice with colleagues -- 4.8. Analyze other people's slides -- 4.9. Watch presentations on the Internet -- 4.10. Test yourself on what you remember of the presentations you've watched -- 4.11. Improve your slides after the presentation -- 5. Handling Your Nerves -- 5.1. Identify your fears -- 5.2. Don't focus on your English -- 5.3. Write in simple sentences and practice your pronunciation -- 5.4. Identify points where poor English might be more problematic -- 5.5. Have a positive attitude -- 5.6. Prepare good slides and practice -- 5.7. Opt to do presentations in low-risk situations -- 5.8. Use shorter and shorter phrases -- 5.9. Learn relaxation techniques -- 5.10. Get to know your potential audience at the bar and social dinners.
Note continued: 5.11. Check out the room where your presentation will be -- 5.12. Prepare for forgetting what you want to say -- 5.13. Prepare for the software or the equipment breaking down -- 5.14. Organize your time -- 6. Titles -- 6.1. Decide what to include in the title slide -- 6.2. Remove all redundancy -- 6.3. Make sure your tide is not too technical for your audience -- 6.4. Use a two-part title to attract both a general and a technical audience -- 6.5. Don't be too concise in tides-use verbs and prepositions not just nouns and adjectives -- 6.6. Check your grammar -- 6.7. Check your spelling -- 6.8. Use slide titles to help explain a process -- 6.9. Think of alternative titles for your slides -- 7. Writing and Editing the Text of the Slides -- 7.1. Be aware of the dangers of PowerPoint -- 7.2. Print as handout then edit -- 7.3. Only use a slide if it is essential, never read your slides -- 7.4. Only write what you are 100% sure is correct -- 7.5. One idea per slide -- 7.6. Generally speaking, avoid complete sentences -- 7.7. Only use complete sentences for a specific purpose -- 7.8. Don't put text in your slides to say what you will do or have done during your presentation -- 7.9. Avoid repeating the title of the slide within the main part of the slide -- 7.10. Use only well-known acronyms, abbreviations, contractions, and symbols -- 7.11. Choose the shortest forms possible -- 7.12. Cut brackets containing text -- 7.13. Make good use of the phrase that introduces the bullets -- 7.14. Avoid references -- 7.15. Keep quotations short -- 7.16. Deciding what not to cut -- 7.17. When you've finished creating your slides, always check your spelling -- 8. Using Bullets -- 8.1. Avoid having bullets on every slide -- 8.2. Choose the most appropriate type of bullet -- 8.3. Limit yourself to six bullets per slide.
Note continued: 8.4. Keep to a maximum of two levels of bullets -- 8.5. Do not use a bullet for every line in your text -- 8.6. Choose the best order for the bullets -- 8.7. Introduce items in a list one at a time only if absolutely necessary -- 8.8. Use verbs not nouns -- 8.9. Be grammatical -- 8.10. Minimize punctuation in bullets -- 9. Visual Elements and Fonts -- 9.1. Only include visuals that you intend to talk about -- 9.2. Avoid visuals that force you to look at the screen -- 9.3. Use visuals to help your audience understand -- 9.4. Simplify everything -- 9.5. Use a photo to replace unnecessary or tedious text -- 9.6. Avoid animations -- 9.7. Make sure your slide can be read by the audience in the back row -- 9.8. Use maps to interest the audience and boost your confidence -- 9.9. Choose fonts, characters, and sizes with care -- 9.10. Use color to facilitate audience understanding -- 9.11. Choose the most appropriate figure to illustrate your point -- 9.12. Explain graphs in a meaningful way -- 9.13. Remember the difference in usage between commas and points in numbers -- 9.14. Design pie charts so that the audience can immediately understand them -- 10. Getting and Keeping the Audience's Attention -- 10.1. Gain and keep your audience's attention -- 10.2. Exploit moments of high audience attention -- 10.3. Don't spend too long on one slide -- 10.4. Maintain eye contact with the audience -- 10.5. Be aware of the implications of the time when your presentation is scheduled -- 10.6. Quickly establish your credibility -- 10.7. Learn ways to regain audience attention after you have lost it -- 10.8. Present statistics in a way that the audience can relate to them -- 10.9. Be aware of cultural differences -- 10.10. Be serious and have fun -- 11. Ten Ways to Begin a Presentation -- 11.1. Say what you plan to do in your presentation and why.
Note continued: 11.2. Tell the audience some facts about where you come from -- 11.3. Give an interesting statistic that relates to your country -- 11.4. Give an interesting statistic that relates directly to the audience -- 11.5. Get the audience to imagine a situation -- 11.6. Ask the audience a question/Get the audience to raise their hands -- 11.7. Say something personal about yourself -- 11.8. Mention something topical -- 11.9. Say something counterintuitive -- 11.10. Get the audience to do something -- 12. Outline and Transitions -- 12.1. Consider not having an "Outline" slide -- 12.2. Use an "Outline" slide for longer presentations and for arts, humanities, and social sciences -- 12.3. Use transitions to guide your audience -- 12.4. Exploit your transitions -- 12.5. Signal a move from one section to the next -- 12.6. Only move to the next slide when you've finished talking about the current slide -- 12.7. Only use an introductory phrase to a slide when strictly necessary -- 12.8. Be concise -- 12.9. Add variety to your transitions -- 13. Methodology -- 13.1. Regain the audience's attention -- 13.2. Give simple explanations and be careful when giving numbers -- 13.3. Give examples first, technical explanations second -- 13.4. Reduce redundancy -- 13.5. Just show the key steps in a process or procedure -- 13.6. Explain why you are not describing the whole process -- 13.7. Use active and passive forms effectively -- 13.8. Indicate where you are in a process -- 13.9. Tell a story rather than sounding like a technical manual -- 13.10. Bring your figures, graphs, etc., alive -- 13.11. Minimize or cut the use of equations, formulas, and calculations -- 14. Results and Discussion -- 14.1. Tell the audience what they need to know[--]not everything that you know -- 14.2. Explain statistics, graphs, and charts in a meaningful way.
Note continued: 14.3. Communicate the value of what you have done[--]put your results in the big picture -- 14.4. Avoid phrases that might make you sound overconfident or arrogant -- 14.5. Tell the audience about any problems in interpreting your results -- 14.6. Be positive about others in your field -- 14.7. Explain whether your results were expected or not -- 14.8. Be upfront about your poor/uninteresting/negative results -- 14.9. Encourage discussion and debate -- 15. Conclusions -- 15.1. Be brief and don't deviate from your planned speech -- 15.2. Make sure your final slides give useful information -- 15.3. Show your enthusiasm -- 15.4. Five ways to end a presentation -- 15.4.1. Use a picture -- 15.4.2. Directly relate your findings to the audience -- 15.4.3. Give a statistic -- 15.4.4. Ask for feedback -- 15.4.5. Talk about your future work -- 15.5. Write/Show something interesting on your final slide -- 15.6. Prepare a sequence of identical copies of your last slide -- 16. Questions and Answers -- 16.1. Don't underestimate the importance of the Q & A session -- 16.2. Prepare in advance for all possible questions -- 16.3. Learn what to say before you introduce the Q & A session -- 16.4. Give the audience time to respond to your call for questions -- 16.5. Get the questioner to stand up and reply to the whole audience -- 16.6. Repeat the questions -- 16.7. Remember that it is not just your fault if you can't understand the question -- 16.8. Don't interrupt the questioner unless -- 16.9. Be concise -- 16.10. Always be polite -- 17. Useful Phrases -- 17.1. Introductions and outline -- 17.2. Transitions -- 17.3. Emphasizing, qualifying, giving examples -- 17.4. Diagrams -- 17.5. Making reference to parts of the presentation -- 17.6. Discussing results, conclusions, future work -- 17.7. Ending -- 17.8. Questions and answers.
Note continued: 17.9. Things that can go wrong -- 17.10. Posters.
Summary Good presentation skills are key to a successful career in academia. English for Presentations at International Conferences is the first guide to giving presentations at international conferences ever written specifically for researchers and professors whose first language is not English.
With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from real presentations, the book covers.
-Gaining and maintaining audience attention.
-Handing questions and answers from the audience.
-Preparing and practicing.
-Pronunciation and intonation.
-Useful phrases for each stage of the presentation.
Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 20 ELT and EAP textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and researchers from 35 countries to prepare and give presentations. This guide is thus also highly recommended for trainers in English for Academic Purposes. --Book Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781441965912
ISBN/ISSN 99938821956
OCLC # 668097919
Additional Format Print version: Wallwork, Adrian. English for presentations at international conferences 9781441965905

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