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About this book

This practical pocket guide provides valuable advice on how to communicate ideas through effective posters and presentations. Following a clear, four-stage approach, the book encourages students to think, plan, do and reflect and brings the advice to life through lively illustrations and diagrams. It also contains guidance on how to apply these skills to contexts beyond academia, such as conferences and job applications.

This is an ideal resource for students of all disciplines and levels, who are required to create posters and deliver presentations as part of their course.

Table of Contents

Getting Started

1. Getting strategic (why, what, who)

Abstract
Be strategic and use the 6 Ps:
Proper Planning and Preparation Prevent Poor Performance
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

2. Planning (how, when, where)

Abstract
Here we discuss the core elements involved in planning presentations and posters. We discuss the differences in Parts 2 and 3.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

3. Essential tools for success

Abstract
Your assignments will change in their emphasis and difficulty as you progress through your degree.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

Posters

4. Introduction to posters

Abstract
Part 2 shows you how to apply the core processes covered in Part 1 (thinking and planning) to creating a brilliant poster (the ‘doing’).
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

5. Getting strategic about posters

Abstract
This chapter is designed to get you thinking about the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of creating a poster for your target audience (‘who’)
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

6. Planning

Abstract
In Workshops 1–5 you did all the thinking and research needed to get the content of your coursework right. You identified why you are doing it (to demonstrate your learning outcomes), what you want to write (your message) and who you are writing it for (your audience). You have guidelines to follow and criteria to meet. Now you need to take this wealth of information and reduce it down to fit the limited space available in a poster. This requires careful planning!
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

7. Doing

Abstract
Most courses recommend widely available packages such as Microsoft PowerPoint, or the Adobe design packages. Other packages are also available (e.g. LaTeX for Linux users). Software will be freely available on university computers.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

Presentations

8. Introduction to presentations

Abstract
Part 3 shows you how to apply the core processes covered in Part 1 (thinking and planning) to creating a polished presentation (the ‘doing’).
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

9. Getting strategic about presentations

Abstract
As with posters, we want to help you think about the why, what and who of giving a presentation. These chapters will help you identify the key areas to be addressed and steps that need to be taken in designing and delivering a presentation.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

10. Planning

Abstract
Getting the content right is critical, and you worked on this in Workshops 1–5. Now you need to prepare the slides and work out what you are going to say, and how to say it effectively. An approximate timescale for working on each part of the presentation is given here: Research time 10 hours for every 15 minutes of presentation Visual preparation 30 minutes to 1 hour for each slide Practice time 4 hours, to include two full run-throughs of the presentation is given here:
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

11. Doing

Abstract
Identify the resources you will need to create your presentation.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

Reflecting and Improving

12. Be the best you can

Abstract
Part 4 is about reflecting on your performance, mark and feedback, and about improving for next time.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom

13. Looking ahead

Abstract
In this book we have shown you how to make persuasive posters and presentations for university assessment at undergraduate level. But let’s step back and take a look at the bigger picture: applying your skills in the real world.
Emily Bethell, Clare Milsom
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