Preparing and Presenting a Talk

Christine Sjolander1, Stephen Chang1

1 Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Claremont, California
Publication Name:  Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques
Unit Number:  Appendix 5B
DOI:  10.1002/9780470089941.eta05bs00
Online Posting Date:  October, 2008
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Abstract

How information is presented can have as much impact as the information itself. In order to ensure that you're getting your message across to the audience, you need to prepare your talk with as much care as you designed your research. This unit outlines information on how to prepare a great talk and deliver it for maximum effectiveness.

Keywords: presentation; talk; speech; public speaking

     
 
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Preparation
  • Visual Aids
  • Delivery
  • Answering Questions
  • Poster Presentations
  • Conclusion
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
     
 
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Literature Cited

   Pike, R.W. 1992. Creative Training Techniques Handbook. Lakewood Books, Minneapolis, Minn.
Key References
   Anholt, R.H.R. 1994. Preparing a Scientific Presentation. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York.
  These books are good references for presenting scientific talks and public speaking in general.
   Boothman, N. 2000. How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less. Workman Publishing, New York.
   Peters, T.J. and Waterman, R.M. Jr. 1982. In Search of Excellence. Warner Books, New York.
   Pike, 1992. See above.
   Ron, H. 1992. I Can See You Naked. Andrews and McMeel, Kansas City, Mo.
Internet Resources
   http://www.public‐speaking.org
  The Advanced Public Speaking Institute has more than 100 articles in 20 categories, ranging from using humor to stage fright, related to public speaking.
   http://www.toastmasters.org
  Toastmasters International has many on‐line resources for public speaking. In addition, they have thousands of clubs in most geographic areas, where individuals can practice public speaking and leadership skills.
   http://www.speechtips.com
  In addition to details about how to write and a deliver a speech for all occasions, sample speech scripts are available for review and purchase.
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