The Art of Presentation: getting it right in the post modern era, Radcliffe Publishing, Abingdon. (2007)

This informal, fun guide is ideal for anyone involved in public speaking; addressing a group of people in a wide range of situations including:

  • lecturing as part of your day job
  • presenting research findings to your academic peers
  • presenting to potential future colleagues as part of an interview process

These situations are all different, and as with many things, context is everything. Whether you’re working with large or small audiences, there are basic rules for speaking that should never be overshadowed by bewildering presentation technology.

‘This book is about talking. It's one of my favourite activities. Just ask my students, friends, family and anyone else who knows me. The problem is that I believe that the art of talking or public speaking is under threat from technology. The focus of this book is the times when we are speaking in public, addressing a group of people.’

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‘This book leads the reader through all the pitfalls of Powerpoint presentation, and guides us back to the simplest and most effective techniques in the art of presenting. It offers a brilliantly descriptive - even humorous – exploration of how to plan, prepare, and present a talk. This book is easily-readable and left me hurrying to finish, in order that I could trash my next planned presentation and restart using the Gillies Principle. My ‘take home’ message – read this before you start on your next presentation.’

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